Riding the T

The New Government Center Station


Opened on Monday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m.

Stop by and see it!

Government Center Proposed Head House

The new Government Center Station resumed regular service on Monday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. after a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. We invite you to visit the totally modernized hub of the Green and Blue lines—now more comfortable, convenient, and fully accessible for the first time in its 118-year history. 

2014-2016 Renovation

The modernization of Government Center Station, which began on March 22, 2014, incorporated many major enhancements that have transformed both the exterior and interior into a welcoming, contemporary environment.

The former low-brick entrance has been replaced with a vaulting glass entryway that serves as a distinctive landmark and fills the expanded lobby and platforms below with natural light. The refurbished interior features new elevators and escalators connecting the Green and Blue Lines, double the number of fare gates, enhanced lighting, and many other improvements. In addition, customers can now exit the station on Cambridge Street between Court and Sudbury Streets. 

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Service Note

Green Line B-branch trains will continue to terminate at Park Street Station. This change from before the Government Center closure will reduce track congestion at Government Center and improve the reliability of Green Line B-branch service. All other Green Line trains (C-, D-, and E-branches) provide connecting service between Park Street and Government Center.

History of Government Center Station (originally Scollay Square Station)

Scollay Square Station opened in 1898 and was the third stop on the Tremont Street Subway, the nation’s oldest subway. Eighteen years later, Boston Elevated Railway built a tunnel under the station to extend the East Boston streetcar to Bowdoin Street. In the early 1960s, the station underwent a major renovation as part of the demolition of Scollay Square and the development of City Hall Plaza. At that time, the station was renamed Government Center. 

Historic Mosaics

Originally, red and white tiles covered the walls of both the upper and lower Scollay Square platforms. The tiles from the upper platform were completely destroyed during the station’s reconstruction in the 1960s.

However, during the 2014-2016 renovation, the tiles on the lower platform were uncovered, and several mosaics reading “Scollay Under” were revealed. The mosaics underwent restoration and now grace the walls of the Blue Line platform.

Video of Pre-Renovation Government Center

The video, “Transit Nation,” includes footage of the exterior and interior of Government Center Station before the 2014-2016 renovation. Click here to view.

Photos of Government Center Renovation Below

December 2015

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December 2014

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November 2014

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October 2014

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April 2014

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March 2014

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Videos of the Project

 


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