Lansdowne station (MBTA)

Lansdowne station (formerly Yawkey) is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Boston, Massachusetts. It serves the Framingham/Worcester Line. It is located next to the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood near Kenmore Square, below grade between Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue.

Yawkey station was originally opened as an infill station in 1988, for limited service to Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. Regular commuter service began in 2001 for riders headed to Boston University, Kenmore Square, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Inbound and outbound trains formerly shared a single two-car platform on the inbound track, requiring Yawkey passengers to embark or debark from the front two cars of outbound trains or the rear two cars of inbound trains.

In 2012, work began on a new, fully accessible station, including two longer high-level platforms and an overhead pedestrian bridge which will eventually allow direct access from the Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue overpasses through the planned Fenway Center development. Passengers boarded from the east end of the new station from June 2013 until March 10, 2014; after delays, it opened fully that day. The new station is served by all Worcester Line trains; which is expected to increase ridership from 585 total daily boardings and alightings to 937. By a 2018 count, there were 2,491 daily (1,195 boardings and 1,296 alightings).[3]

The station was renamed Lansdowne (after nearby Lansdowne Street) effective April 8, 2019, following the May 2018 renaming of Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street.

MBTA 1127 at Yawkey, March 2014
An inbound train arrives at the station in March 2014
Location85 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′51″N 71°06′02″W / 42.3476°N 71.1006°WCoordinates: 42°20′51″N 71°06′02″W / 42.3476°N 71.1006°W
Line(s)Worcester Main Line
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA Bus: 8, 19, 60, 65
At Kenmore: BSicon TRAM.svg MBTA Green Line, Bus transport 57, 57A
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1A
OpenedApril 29, 1988[1]
RebuiltMarch 10, 2014[2]
Previous namesYawkey
Passengers (2018)2,491 daily passenger movements[3][4]
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Boston Landing
toward Worcester
Framingham/​Worcester Line Back Bay


Yawkey platform 2
The 1990s-built "mini-high" platform at Yawkey in 2011 (removed in 2013)

Game day service

Originally named in honor of long-time Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, Yawkey was opened on April 29, 1988, and initially was only used for special service to Fenway Park for Boston Red Sox games.[1] It was used by Framingham Line trains as well as special "Fenway Flyer" baseball trains from the Attleboro (now Providence/Stoughton) and Franklin lines. The "Fenway Flyer" trains had an annual ridership of 58,000 in 1990.[5] The station became popular enough that the MBTA added regular commuter service. This largely obviated the need for "Fenway Flyer" specials, though certain weekend Providence trains ran to Yawkey as late as 2007.[6] Similar special trains continue to serve Foxboro station during football and soccer games and special events at Gillette Stadium.[7]

Yawkey was built with a low-level asphalt platform and was not initially accessible.[8] After the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a mini-high platform was added between 1990 and 1992.[9] However, the mini-high platform only served one of the line's two tracks, limiting the number of trains that could stop at the station.

Regular service

In early 2000, the MBTA released a study which analyzed the possibility of full-time commuter service to Yawkey to serve workers at nearby Boston University, Kenmore Square, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. An addendum released in August 2000 analyzed increased service (on all modes) to Fenway Park on game days. Possibilities studied included running game day service from the Plymouth/Kingston Line with an unused trainset, a South Station-Yawkey shuttle, increased Green Line service, and bus shuttles to the Red Line in Cambridge and to Ruggles station. Consideration was given to building a dedicated terminal spur and station on the remains of the former Highland Branch.[10]

Regular weekday commuter service to the station began on January 2, 2001 with 4 daily round trips. Weekend service was still initially limited to game days.[1][11] Regular weekend service was added on April 30, 2001.[1] From 2001 to 2014, not all trains stopped at the station; most peak-direction trains stopped, but many off-peak trains did not. Before the rebuilding began in 2012, some trains stopped at Yawkey only on game days during the Red Sox season.[12]

Yawkey construction December 2012
New platforms under construction in December 2012

New station

Yawkey station elevator construction 23 March 2013
Elevator shafts under construction in March 2013
Train at Yawkey May 2013
A train passes the under-construction station in May 2013
Rail construction vehicle at Yawkey station, 28 September 2013
The second track was relaid through the station in September 2013

In August 2007, the MBTA published a feasibility study exploring the possibility of rebuilding Yawkey as a full-service station.[13] The study concluded that doing so would increase ridership by 60%, from 585 daily boardings and alightings to 937.[14] On November 15, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick and other officials broke ground on a major rebuilding of the station, originally expected to be completed in the spring of 2012.[15] The new station has two full-length high-level platforms that provide level, handicapped-accessible boarding for all passengers; the old platform had only a wooden ramp for accessibility. The two 700-foot-long platforms (a side platform between the tracks plus a side platform on the south side of the tracks) are connected with an overpass, and passengers no longer have to cross the tracks to access certain outbound trains.[16][17]

The rebuilt station was intended to be the first component of a larger, mostly private development called Fenway Center. The new station, which cost about $13.5 million, is planned to be powered entirely by solar panels after the development opens.[15] Although the developer, Meredith Management Corporation, wished to close the station during rebuilding, the MBTA elected to keep it open.[18][19] Fenway Center, which was to be built on the air rights over the adjacent Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), would eventually cover much of the station.[16] As part of the development, walkways would be built above the station, allowing passengers to walk directly to the pedestrian bridge and platforms from Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue rather than passing through private parking lots. After lengthy negotiations, an air-rights deal between the city and the developer regarding Fenway Center was reached in May 2013.[20] In July 2017, the developer and the state reached an agreement under which the buildings south of the station would be built first. The developer would pay the state $21 million for the right to delay building the deck, but will owe $3 million more if construction does not begin by the end of 2020.[21]

The Framingham/Worcester line schedule was changed slightly in April 2012 to allow for temporary single-tracking through the station for construction.[22] Actual station construction activity started in June 2012, and in August one track was cut, reducing the line to one track through the station. The platforms were installed in late November 2012; construction of the elevator shafts began in February 2013. A temporary ramp opened in June 2013 for passengers to use the east end of the future outbound platform; the old platform was demolished soon afterwards to make room for the west ends of the new platforms. The pedestrian bridge was lifted into place in August 2013, followed by the various roof and canopy elements. The second track was rebuilt in late September, followed by the remaining platform segments.

The new station fully opened on March 10, 2014, coinciding with planned service increases on the Framingham/Worcester Line. Before the reconstruction, 17 trains stopped at Yawkey each weekday; after, all 48 daily trains (24 round trips) stopped.[2][15] The opening was first planned for January 13, then January 27, but was delayed due to problems with the Yawkey elevators and adjustments to the schedule based on public comment.[23][24][25] The walkway between the new station and Fenway Park includes large lit statues of the uniform numbers retired by the Red Sox.[26]

After special events like concerts at Fenway Park, the MBTA sometimes runs special commuter rail shuttles from Yawkey to South Station.[27]

Cancelled plans

Yawkey was a proposed stop on the Urban Ring Project.[28] The Urban Ring was to be a circumferential Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line designed to connect the current radial MBTA rail lines, to reduce overcrowding in the downtown stations, but it was canceled around 2006. Under draft plans released in 2008, the Urban Ring would access Yawkey via Mountfort Street to the north and a new tunnel paralleling the Green Line "D" Branch to the southwest, with a turnoff and station at Overland Street.[29]

In 2014, it was revealed by the state that the stop would be part of the proposed Indigo Line system with frequent DMU service, but that plan was canceled in 2015.[30][31]


In December 2015, The Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker proposed renaming Yawkey Way and Yawkey station after alleging their namesake, Tom Yawkey, was a racist who made the Red Sox the last major league team to hire black players.[32] In August 2017, amid heightened media coverage of the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials in the United States, the Red Sox organization began advocating for the city to change the street's name. A bill to change the station's name was filed in the state legislature.[33] Changing the street name was approved in April 2018 and implemented in May 2018.[34] The MBTA announced that the station would also be renamed, though a new name was not immediately determined.[35] On March 28, 2019, the MBTA announced that the station would be renamed Lansdowne (after nearby Lansdowne Street) effective April 8.[36]

Station design

Yawkey pedestrian bridge from inbound platform
Pedestrian bridge viewed from the inbound platform
Overpass Overpass between platforms
Outbound      Framingham/​Worcester Line toward Worcester
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Inbound      Framingham/​Worcester Line toward South Station
Side platform, doors will open on the right

The station is fully accessible, with two full-length high-level platforms and elevators to cross from one track to another. The overhead pedestrian bridge is designed to connect to a future deck between Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street as part of the Fenway Center project.[16][17] The main entrance to the station is on Overland Street between the two major streets; staircases to Beacon Street are also available from the west ends of the platforms. The Beacon Street staircases were closed on December 1, 2018 for a duration of about one year due to the construction of Fenway Center.[37]

The station has an extremely unusual platform layout, where the outbound side platform is between the tracks rather than to the side. This is because the station is located on a tight curve; doors located on the end of passenger cars would have gaps next to a convex platform.[38][39]


MBTA route 65 bus passing Yawkey Way, August 2016
A route 65 bus on Brookline Avenue near Lansdowne station

Four MBTA Bus routes stop on Brookline Avenue at Jersey Street:[40]

Kenmore station, located 0.25 miles (0.40 km) to the northeast along Brookline Avenue, provides connections to the "B", "C", and "D" branches of the MBTA Green Line, as well two additional bus routes:

MASCO, a consortium of medical facilities and universities, runs a number of private and semi-private bus routes that serve its member organizations. Two private routes, the HSPH Landmark Shuttle and the Fenway Combined Shuttle, stop at Yawkey station on Overland Street.[41]


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Lansdowne station

Lansdowne station may refer to:

Lansdowne station (MBTA), the former Yawkey station, a commuter rail station in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Lansdowne station (SEPTA), a SEPTA train station in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, United States

Lansdowne station (SkyTrain), a Metro Vancouver SkyTrain station in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Lansdowne station (Toronto), a subway station in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lansdowne Avenue station (SEPTA Routes 101 and 102), a SEPTA trolley stop in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, United States

Lansdowne Road railway station, an Irish Rail station in Dublin, Ireland

Lancaster and Lansdowne station, a SEPTA trolley stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Yawkey may refer to:

Yawkey, West Virginia, a town in Lincoln County, WV

Yawkey Way, the former name of Jersey Street adjacent to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Yawkey station, the former name of Lansdowne station (MBTA)

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin

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