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MBTA opens two new Green Line stations

From left to right: MBTA GLT Senior Director Andres Achury, MBTA GLT Deputy Chief Desiree Patrice, MBTA Chief of Capital Transformation Angel Pena, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, MBTA Chief of Transit Police Kenneth Green, Boston University Vice President of Operations Derek Howe.
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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Boston University (BU) officials earlier this week marked the opening of two new rail stations on the Green Line.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted the completion of the $29 million B Branch Station Consolidation Project, which combined four stations into two. The Amory Street Station project combined the old St. Paul Street and BU West stations. The Babcock Street Station is a combination of the old Babcock Street and Pleasant Street stations.

The station consolidation project was completed six months ahead of schedule, MBTA officials said in a press release. The project also upgraded two intersections and renewed 5,000 feet of track on the Green Line.

The stations feature accessible platforms that are compatible with low-floor vehicles and other amenities as part of the Green Line Transformation (GLT) program. The B Branch is also now more efficient with less stops and a more accessibility-friendly design. Other upgrades included security, reliability and communications, as well as longer 225-foot platforms to accommodate the new Type 10 super cars, which are now being procured. MBTA officials expect they expect the first super cars to be available in 2026.

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