BOSTON (State House News Service) — Green Line B Branch riders who have complained about the number of stops on Boston University's campus can celebrate: the line will have two fewer stops by fall 2021.
The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control voted 4-0 Monday to consolidate four B Branch stops — all of which are within a half-mile stretch down the spine of BU — into two brand-new stations.
Under a $17.8 million contract, MAS Building and Bridge Inc. will demolish the Babcock Street, Pleasant Street, St. Paul Street and BU West stations. The firm will build two new stops, one combining Babcock and Pleasant and the other combining St. Paul and BU West, with full accessibility features for all passengers.
Stations will also include new lighting, safety and security systems, and 150-foot-long overhead canopies.
Construction is scheduled to begin this autumn and wrap up in about one year.
B Branch train service will be offline between Blandford Street and Babcock Street for 32 weekends and another 32 weeknights after 9 p.m. during construction, though exact dates have not yet been scheduled, according to the T.
Google Maps estimates walking from BU West, the easternmost of the four stations, to Babcock Street, the westernmost, would take nine minutes.
by Chris Lisinski, State House News Service
(Photo: Mario Jarjour/WBZ NewsRadio)