Coolidge Corner station

Coolidge Corner is a light rail stop on the MBTAGreen Line C branch, located at the intersection of Beacon Street and Harvard Street in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. With 3,440 daily boardings by a 2011 count, it had more than twice the ridership of any other surface station on the branch.[1]

MBTA subway station
Coolidge Corner

An outbound train at Coolidge Corner in February 2017
Location Beacon Street at Harvard Street
Brookline, Massachusetts

42.342226°N 71.120888°W / 42.342226; -71.120888

Owned by MBTA
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections MBTA bus: 66
Bicycle facilities 20 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Rebuilt 2001
2011 3,440 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station MBTA Following station
Summit Avenue

Green Line

St. Paul Street

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Coolidge Corner station in 1916

Horsecar service on the Beacon Street line began between Coolidge Corner and downtown Boston on June 1, 1888.[2]:54 Electrified service began between Allston and downtown Boston via Coolidge Corner on January 3, 1889.[2]:48 Service was extended west from Coolidge Corner to Reservoir on January 12, and from Allston to Oak Square the next day.[2]:56

On February 3, 1900, the Boston Elevated Railway (BERy) established Coolidge Corner as a designated transfer point, where passengers could transfer between the Reservoir and Oak Square branches.[3] The town approved the construction of shelters at the stop in November 1900, and they were completed in 1901.[4][5][6] Each is 20 feet (6.1 m) long with a 40-foot (12 m)-long canopy, made of white pine with a tile roof.[5] Similar shelters were built around 1912 at Brookline Village, but demolished in 1938.[7][8] A 1911-built electrical substation designed by Peabody and Stearns is located in Coolidge Corner on Webster Street.[6]

In the early 2000s, the MBTA modified key surface stops with raised platforms for accessibility. Portable lifts were installed at Coolidge Corner around 2000 as a temporary measure.[9][10] The platform modifications – part of a $32 million modification of thirteen B, C, and E branch stations – were completed in 2001.[11]

The MBTA added wooden mini-high platforms, allowing level boarding on older Type 7 LRVs, at eight Green Line stations in 2006–07 as part of the settlement of Joanne Daniels-Finegold, et al. v. MBTA. Coolidge Corner and Washington Square were originally to have one mini-high platform apiece as well; however, portable lifts were added at the stations instead.[12][13]

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