Heath Street (MBTA station)

Heath Street (MBTA Station)

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Heath Street, announced as Heath Street/VA Medical Center, is the last stop of the MBTA Green Line's E branch located along South Huntington Avenue in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Scheduled travel time to Park Street is about 22 minutes.

Controversy

Train service originally ran on the E Line beyond Heath Street to Arborway, along Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, but service was "temporarily" replaced in 1985 by the number 39 bus. Pursuant to environmental mitigation commitments made by the state regarding the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (BigDig), service south of Heath Street was supposed to resume as soon as the tracks and overhead wires were reconstructed and a sufficient number of low-floor streetcars were available to operate the service. However, the MBTA may be slowly backing out of this commitment due to a lack of funding: much trackage between Heath Street and Arborway have been paved over and/or overhead wires have been removed.

In January 2005, the Conservation Law Foundation filed suit in federal court to enforce the agreement. The MBTA requested dismissal of the suit, but in March 2006 the judge ruled that the case should proceed.

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The previous special transfer policy between the Green Line and #39 bus was terminated on January 1, 2007. Since that date, all subway-to-local bus...
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