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Courthouse (MBTA station)

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Disabled access  Yes
Opened  17 December 2004
Courthouse (MBTA station)
Location  Seaport Boulevard at Pittsburg Street South Boston, Massachusetts
Owned by  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Passengers (2014)  1,283 (daily boardings)
Address  Boston, MA 02210, United States
Owner  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Similar  Silver Line Way, World Trade Center, John Joseph Moakley, City Point, South Station

Courthouse Station is an underground bus rapid transit station on the MBTA's Silver Line, located under Seaport Boulevard at Thomson Street on the South Boston Waterfront. It is named for the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse which is one block to the north on Fan Pier. Courthouse is also the closest rapid transit station to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.


Courthouse station is fully handicapped accessible.

History and design

Courthouse station opened along with the rest of the Waterfront Tunnel from South Station Under to Silver Line Way on December 17, 2004. Construction of the $110 million station was technically demanding, as the Waterfront district is built on fill rather than solid ground or rock. Slurry walls and large braces were built, allowing 210,000 cubic yards of soil to be excavated for the platform area.

The station was intended as the centerpiece of the Silver Line and a key feature of Boston's Innovation District, with a visual impact significantly different fromn other stations in the MBTA system. It includes "some of the most complex and ornate station finishes installed in any MBTA transportation facility to date" which cost $30 million to complete. The lobby includes a polished stone floor and distinctive purple overhead lighting fixtures, while both the platforms have brushed steel finishes on support columns and walls. The station was turned into an "idea lab" nightclub and conference center in June 2014 for Boston Idea Week, which included several other MBTA-centered events.

The station has headhouses on the north and south sides of Seaport Boulevard. The south headhouse was closed from October 5, 2015 until October 2016 due to construction of a hotel on the adjacent lot.

Courthouse station is a planned stop on the MBTA's Silver Line Gateway service to Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Bus connections

Transfer to one local MBTA Bus route is available on the surface:

  • 4 North Station - World Trade Center via Federal Courthouse & South Station
  • References

    Courthouse (MBTA station) Wikipedia