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Harvard Station Busway Improvements

Updated on June 6, 2019

A Route 78 bus pulls into the upper busway at Harvard Station.

About the Project

Status: Pre-construction

Starting in June, we will be improving Harvard Station’s busway, which was last renovated in the 1980s.

The 1,380-foot-long busway has upper (northbound) and lower (southbound) levels. It is the third-busiest stop in the T’s system, serving 16,000 riders a day. 

To complete the improvements, we need to shut down one section of the busway at a time. The upper busway will be closed for improvements starting in late June. When that work is complete, the lower busway will be closed.

We scheduled construction to avoid winter weather as best as possible. Some routes will pick up and drop off at the surface level.

Why We’re Doing This Work

We are extending the service life of the tunnels to meet the MBTA’s reliability and modernization needs. Work includes:

  • Roadway repairs, including fixing ruts and potholes
  • New energy efficient, modern lighting
  • New signs throughout the busway to meet the latest wayfinding standards
  • Accessibility upgrades, including sliding automatic doors to the busway
  • New wire, switches and fiberglass supports for the catenary system, the overhead line that powers our trackless trolleys

We’re also working to prevent water intrusion on the busway platform with:

  • Wall and roof repairs
  • New pumps, including a backup, for better drainage

What can I expect if I ride the bus?

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Contact Information

For all queries and comments related to the Harvard Station Busway Improvements, please contact project manager Lonny Fidalgo at lfidalgo@mbta.com.

More About Our Capital Investments

This project is a key part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital program, which began July 1, 2018. This work includes replacing subway fleets, upgrading tracks, signals, and power systems, reinventing our bus system to reflect changing demographics, replacing our fare collection system, and meeting the MBTA’s reliability and modernization needs. 

The work that’s happening now, and in the coming years, will transform the MBTA.