Transit Projects

Ruggles Station Platform Project

Executive Summary 

Ruggles Station, opened in 1987, is a key regional and multimodal facility providing service for the Orange Line, Commuter Rail (lines from Providence, Stoughton, Franklin, and Needham), 14 MBTA bus routes, and private shuttle services offered by area institutions. It is the primary intermodal transfer point for suburban commuters working at the hospitals, colleges, and museums in the Longwood Medical Area and Back Bay. Ruggles Station is limited in its commuter rail operations today because the existing platforms are served by only two of the three tracks. The physical limitations of the station, in conjunction with the daily congestion along the corridor with both MBTA and Amtrak trains, make it difficult to offer a complete schedule of trains at Ruggles Station. Today, more than 30 percent of the inbound trains bypass Ruggles Station, requiring inbound passengers to transfer from the commuter rail to the Orange Line at Back Bay to travel back to Ruggles Station. Despite this limitation, Ruggles Station is still the fourth busiest destination station for commuter rail service on the MBTA’s system.

Project Scope

The Ruggles Station Platform Project will include the construction of a new 800-foot long commuter rail platform to serve Track 2, reconstruction of the lower busway, and the addition of a new elevator, and replacement of existing station elevators. With the addition of this new platform, more MBTA commuter rail passengers will be able to use Ruggles Station rather than bypassing the station and returning via the Orange Line from Back Bay Station, as they do under the current operation. In addition, the project will seek to improve accessibility, enhancing pedestrian safety, security and address the substantial interior and exterior repairs and improvements necessary to bring the facility up to standard. Overall, the project will enhance customer service and convenience for commuter rail riders destined for Ruggles Station and improves overall operations for both the MBTA and Amtrak on this section of the Northeast Corridor.

Project Schedule

Anticipated Advertisement: Summer 2016
Anticipated NTP: Fall 2016
Anticipate Substantial Completion: Winter 2018



Area map  

Area map

Rendering of new platform access from busway

Rendering of new platform access from busway


Project Update

The project received a $20-million-dollar Tiger Grant in 2014. The project is currently approaching 90 percent design and anticipates 100 percent design by Summer 2016. The improvements to Ruggles Station will occur in phases. The platform project will be the first phase.

The project team will hold a public information meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the BCYF Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Boston. There will be an open house at 5:00 PM and a presentation at 6:00 PM. For details, view the meeting flyer in the Related Documents section below.

Contact Us

To be added to the project e-mail list, please contact Regan Checchio, Regina Villa Associates, at 617.357.5772 or

If you have questions regarding the project, please contact:

Desiree Patrice
Project Manager
100 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110


Related Documents

Public Meeting Presentation - March 6, 2017
Public Meeting Flyer (English) - March 6, 2017
Public Meeting Flyer (Spanish) - March 6, 2017
Open House handout Ruggles
Ruggles_Open House PPT - October 18, 2012
Before and After Display Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
Project Scope Display Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
Path of Travel Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
Overview Display Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
Project History Display Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
Typical Section Display Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
Stakeholders Display Board - October 18, 2012 Open House
 General Plan Board - October 18, 2012 Open House