Chinatown station

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Northbound train at Chinatown station, December 2011.jpg
A train at the inbound (northbound) platform in 2011
Location640 Washington Street and
1 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°21′08″N 71°03′46″W / 42.3522°N 71.0627°W / 42.3522; -71.0627Coordinates: 42°21′08″N 71°03′46″W / 42.3522°N 71.0627°W / 42.3522; -71.0627
Line(s)Washington Street Tunnel
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA bus: 11, 191
Disabled accessYes
OpenedNovember 30, 1908 (Orange Line)
July 20, 2002 (Silver Line)
Previous namesBoylston Street / Essex (1908–1967)
Essex (1967–1987)[1]
FY20195,747 boardings (weekday average)[2]
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Tufts Medical Center Orange Line Downtown Crossing
toward Oak Grove
Tufts Medical Center
One-way operation
Silver Line South Station
Silver Line Downtown Crossing

Chinatown is a rapid transit station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Orange Line, located at the edge of the Chinatown neighborhood in downtown Boston. The station has two offset side platforms, which run under Washington Street from Hayward Place to Lagrange Street. The three entrances are located at the intersection of Washington Street with Essex and Boylston streets. Like all Orange Line stations, both the subway platforms and all bus connections are fully accessible.

Boylston (southbound) and Essex (northbound) stations opened as part of the Washington Street Tunnel in 1908. The whole station was renamed Essex in 1967, then Chinatown in 1987. The southbound side was modernized in the 1970s, followed by the northbound side a decade later. The latter renovation added an elevator to the northbound side, with a southbound elevator added in 2002. Silver Line service began in 2002. The MBTA plans to reopen two 1970s-closed entrances at Hayward Place and Lagrange Street.

  1. ^ Belcher, Jonathan. "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit.
  2. ^ "A Guide to Ridership Data". MassDOT/MBTA Office of Performance Management and Innovation. June 22, 2020. p. 9.

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