MBTA Elevator Projects

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Central Square Elevators

The MBTA is replacing the Central Square elevator serving the Red Line inbound (toward Park St, Ashmont, and Braintree) platform from now to 2020. The MBTA instructs riders who need assistance to get on the Red Line at Central Square to use the free shuttle bus service. The MBTA directs riders who need accessibility assistance with the text below:

If exiting at Central Square, continue to Kendall Station and utilize free shuttle bus service to Central Square. The shuttle pick-up location is on Main St. near the station entrance for the Alewife platform. Please see station personnel or activate a station call box to request the shuttle.

If boarding at Central Square, utilize free shuttle bus for service to Kendall Station to board the Red Line. The shuttle pick-up location is on Massachusetts Ave. near Elevator 861. This is near the entrance of the CVS pharmacy. Please see station personnel or utilize the station call box near the stairway to the Ashmont/Braintree-bound platform of the Red Line to request the shuttle. 

As an alternative, cross the street and take Elevator 860 to the Alewife-bound platform. Then, take the Red Line to Harvard Square and change platforms to an Ashmont-/Braintree-bound train.

Click here to go to the MBTA Central Square page and look for the T-alerts with information on the elevator closure.

Harvard Square Elevators

The MBTA is also replacing the elevator at Harvard Square which connects the main lobby with the plaza at the intersection of Mass Ave, Brattle St, and JFK St. For alternate elevator access to Harvard station, use the elevator at Brattle Square (Brattle St at Mount Auburn St).

Click here to go to the MBTA Harvard page and look for the T-alerts with information on the elevator closure.

Alewife Elevators

The MBTA is replacing an elevator from the main lobby to the platform at Alewife station. Passengers who need to use an elevator to get to/from the platform at Alewife station should use the secondary entrance from the Alewife Path/Russell Field.

Other Accessibility Information

The MBTA provides information on universal access to the public transit network on its website. Some of the resources for universal access are found below:

Previous Station Elevator Projects

Between 2010 and 2012, the MBTA completed elevator work at the Porter and Harvard Square stations. The work involved adding new elevators at both stations and replacing existing elevators to improve accessibility.

For More Information

The MBTA has published all accessibility-related alerts at this website.

Please contact the MBTA or Bill Deignan in the City's Community Development Department at wdeignan@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4632 with questions.

See the MBTA's alerts page for upcoming work and elevator service interruptions.