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mbta-silver-line-gateway-map-march-2018The MBTA is pleased to announce that the brand new Silver Line 3-Chelsea route will operate between South Station and the Chelsea and East Boston communities beginning Saturday, April 21, 2018.

“Silver Line 3-Chelsea relates well to the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development goals,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Silver Line 3-Chelsea is consistent with the notion that if the MBTA can offer an efficient, fully accessible, one-seat ride between key destinations then more people will use mass transit and the service will spur transit-oriented development.”

“The MBTA is excited to bring this new service to Chelsea, East Boston, and the surrounding communities,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “We believe the SL3-Chelsea will simplify the commutes of many of our customers in these neighborhoods.”

Bus customers from Revere and Chelsea who tend to experience crowding issues on Bus Routes 111, 112, 114, 116, and 117 will benefit from the SL3-Chelsea. As an additional travel option, the SL3-Chelsea will make enhanced, new, or simplified connections to the Blue Line (at Airport Station) as well as the South Boston Waterfront and the Red Line (at South Station).

Nearly 7,000 daily bus customers on these area routes take trips that can require several transfers in order to travel from Chelsea and East Boston to downtown areas. This commute is now simple and direct by using the SL3-Chelsea, filling a critical gap in access for these residents to the employment opportunities in the Seaport District and downtown.

Each of the Routes 111, 112, 114, 116, and 117 will also connect directly to or very close to brand new SL3-Chelsea stations, making hopping off a customer’s regular route to board the SL3-Chelsea easy and convenient:

  • Route 111 connects at Bellingham Square Station
  • Route 112 utilizes a stop approximately 50 yards from Bellingham Square Station
  • Route 114‘s City Hall Avenue bus stop is just 3 – 5 blocks from both Bellingham Square and Box District Stations
  • Routes 116 and 117 connect at Box District Station

The SL3-Chelsea route will operate 60-foot, high-capacity buses serving four new stations through dedicated, bus-only lanes in Chelsea and via the Coughlin Bypass in East Boston.

Customers can board the SL3-Chelsea using a subway one-way fare or subway monthly pass. SL3-Chelsea buses will operate approximately every 10 minutes with the time between Chelsea and South Station anticipated to be between 20 – 30 minutes.

This new service is the first brand new service to be introduced to the MBTA system since the MBTA Greenbush Commuter Rail Line began in 2007. Construction of the SL3-Chelsea route began in March 2015 with construction of dedicated busways and four new stations. Construction of this $56.7 million investment was managed by MassDOT’s Highway Division and jointly funded by the MBTA (approximately $49.1 million) and MassDOT ($7.6 million).

MBTA officials will present an overview of the new SL3-Chelsea service, discussing schedules, routes, and stops at the following 2 public meetings this month:

A map of the project area and additional details can be found in the announcement. For more information on the Silver Line Gateway project, please visit the Silver Line Gateway project website.

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