Important information for bus commuters:
If you ride the 71 bus from Watertown or the 73, 74, 75 or 78 bus from Belmont, starting June 23rd the bus will no longer enter Harvard Station. The sidewalk in front of the Mount Auburn Street Post Office will be the pick-up location and sidewalk on Mount Auburn Street at Bennett Alley will be drop-off location. Signs at the stops will direct passengers connecting to the Red Line to the nearest station stairway and elevator on Brattle Street. These entrances will remain open throughout the project to allow all commuters to access the Red Line.
From the MBTA:
Harvard Square Station Busway Improvements
Public Information Session:
Tuesday, June 18th 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM & 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Harvard Station, Main Lobby (across from Dunkin Donuts)
1400 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
For project updates, visit the Harvard Busway Improvement Page
The MBTA is completing the final design of improvements for the Harvard Square Station Busway to enhance the level of service, performance, and passenger safety.
Located within Harvard Square Station, the busway connects 10 bus routes serving Cambridge and the surrounding communities with the MBTA Red Line. The busway is the third busiest bus stop on the MBTA, and averages 16,000 passengers per weekday.
About the Project
To view project flyer, please click here
Starting in late June, the MBTA 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. To complete the improvements, the MBTA needs 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.
The MBTA scheduled construction to avoid winter weather as best as possible. Some routes will pick up and drop off at the surface level.
Temporary Bus Service & Stop Changes during Improvements beginning June 23rd
To view specific bus service & stop changes flyer, please click here
To view renovation and curbside impact flyer, please click here
Construction will be phased to maintain bus service during construction with one tunnel remaining open at all times. The planned construction will require closure of one tunnel at a time for a six month period. The links directly above provide important information on bus service and stop changes for commuters and also curbside impacts.
For all queries and comments related to the Harvard Station Busway Improvements, please contact project manager Lonny Fidalgo at firstname.lastname@example.org.