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Harvard Station Busway Improvements

Bus riders exit a bus in the Harvard Upper Busway

We're 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, and we may need to change pickup and drop-off locations for certain routes.

Through August 2020, the lower busway is closed. Routes 71 and 73 will pick up and drop off in the upper busway during this time. All other bus routes will pick up in the upper busway and drop off on Brattle St at Palmer St.

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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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?

Through August 2020

Routes 71 and 73 will pick up and drop off in the upper busway and will not service Waterhouse Street. All other bus routes will pick up in the upper busway and drop off on Brattle St at Palmer St.

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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.

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

Learn more