MBTA Elevator Projects

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Central Square

The MBTA began design on 2 new elevators and 1 replacement elevator at Central Square station. The MBTA has not yet announced a timeline to install these elevators.

Kendall Square

Ashmont/Braintree entrance open on February 11, 2023

As a condition of a permit to develop 310 Main Street, MIT built a new entrance to the Ashmont and Braintree platforms at the MBTA Red Line Kendall/MIT station. This new station entrance has two new elevators, one new escalator, and renovated stairs and a larger underground lobby. Click here to view photos by the MBTA.

Alewife entrance to begin soon

As a condition of a permit to develop 325 Main Street, Boston Properties will build a new entrance to the Alewife platform at Kendall/MIT Red Line station. Boston Properties will install new elevators, renovate stairs, and make other improvements to the station headhouse building . This will begin later in 2023.

Construction workers will close sidewalks and provide detours to passengers entering and exiting the Alewife platform. During construction, there will always be an accessible path of travel to elevators and staircases. Please pay attention to detour signage as the path of accessible travel will change regularly.

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 Elevator and Escalator 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.

Between 2018 and 2019, the MBTA also completed a replacement elevator installation at Harvard Square station. The elevator that was replaced connects the main entrance to street level.

Between 2018 and 2020, the MBTA also completed a elevator replacement at Central station. The elevator that was replaced connects the inbound platform with street level.

Between 2018 and 2020, the MBTA also completed several elevator replacements at Alewife station.

Between 2021 and 2022, the MBTA refurbished the escalator from the Red Line Alewife platform to the street.

Between 2021 and 2023, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology renovated the Ashmont/Braintree platform entrance at the Red Line Kendall/MIT station. This renovation was a condition of a Cambridge Planning Board special (development) permit. This resulted in one new elevators, one renovated elevator, and one renovated escalator connecting street level with the Ashmont/Braintree entrance.

For more information

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

Please contact the MBTA by calling 617-222-3200 or by TTY at 617-222-5146. For questions or comments to the City, please contact Andrew Reker by calling 617-349-6959 or by sending an e-mail to areker@cambridgema.gov.

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