East Somerville station will be located behind the brick building
|Location||Washington Street at Joy Street|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||"Pedal and Park" bicycle cage|
East Somerville is a planned light rail station on the MBTA Green Line "D" Branch in Somerville, Massachusetts. The station will consist of one island platform, which will serve the "D" Branch's two tracks.
The Boston and Lowell Railroad (B&L) opened between its mainsake cities in 1835. Passenger service initially ran express between the two cities, but local stops were soon added. One of the first was Milk Row, just south of Washington Street (then known as Milk Row after the nearby farms).:81 Opened in 1835, it was Somerville's first railroad station.
The Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M) acquired the B&L in 1887 and soon made improvements to a number of B&M stations in Somerville. Milk Row was replaced with Prospect Hill off Alston Street, slightly to the north, by 1889.:468
In 1926, the Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M) began work on North Station plus an expansion of its freight yards. The B&M proposed to abandon East Cambridge and Prospect Hill stations in order to realign the ex-B&L into the new station. Although the closure of East Cambridge was protested, Prospect Hill had largely been replaced by streetcars to Lechmere station and its closure was unopposed. The Public Utilities Commission approved the closures in March 1927. The stations closed on April 25, 1927.
Green Line station
Early plans called the station Brickbottom. 2014 plans announced it as Washington Street station, with an expected opening in December 2017. The MBTA announced in December 2016 that the opening would be delayed until 2021 in the wake of cutbacks, and that the name of the station would be changed to East Somerville.
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- "Protest Giving Up Three Stations". Boston Daily Globe. November 10, 1926. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Oppose B. & M. Abandonment". Boston Daily Globe. January 11, 1927. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Oppose Closing East Cambridge Station". January 12, 1927. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Five B. & M. Stations Will Be Abandoned". Boston Daily Globe. March 16, 1927 – via Newspapers.com. (second page)
- "Lexington Branch back on Fitchburg". Boston Daily Globe. April 25, 1927. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Washington Street and Union Square Stations: November 6, 2014" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
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