MBTA Elevator Projects
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 spring 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 replaced the elevator at Harvard Square which connects the main lobby with the plaza at the intersection of Mass Ave, Brattle St, and JFK St. The elevator reopened on Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Click here to go to the MBTA Harvard page and look for the T-alerts with information on the elevator closure.
The MBTA is replacing an elevator from the main lobby to the parking garage at Alewife station. The other elevator from the main lobby to the garage is operational.
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. 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.
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 email@example.com or 617/349-4632 with questions.