2014: The Grand Opening of a Boston-Area Rapid Transit Station

September 2, 2014

A station serving the Orange Line of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s subway system was opened in Somerville, a city located directly northwest of Boston. This above-ground station was built to provide access to Somerville’s Assembly Square neighborhood, an area that includes a super-regional shopping center known as the Assembly Square Marketplace.

Assembly station was the first subway station of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) to be opened in 27 years. On May 4, 1987, a total of nine Orange Line stations were inaugurated. Those stations were named Tufts Medical Center, Back Bay, Massachusetts Avenue, Ruggles, Roxbury Crossing, Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street, and Forest Hills.

The public officials attending the Tuesday dedication of Assembly station included Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts; Richard Davey, secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; Beverly Scott, MBTA’s general manager; Joseph Curtatone, mayor of Somerville; and Michael Capuano, U.S. congressman (and a one-time mayor of Somerville). The above photo of Assembly station was taken that same day.

Assembly station is one of 20 stations serving MBTA’s Orange Line. The total length of this line is 11 miles (18 kilometers).

(The above photo was taken on the day of Assembly station’s opening.)

Photo Credit: Pi.1415926535 (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)

For more information on Assembly station, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assembly_station

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