The Ridership Benefits of Infill Stations—Coming Soon to the MBTA Orange Line

Yonah Freemark writes of the value of infill stations—new transit stations built on existing lines—for increasing transit ridership. Somerville, outside of Boston, will provide the latest example when it opens a station on the Orange Line next week.

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August 29, 2014, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Yonah Freemark wants to let readers in on a secret: adding infill stations is "[one] of the best ways to increase transit ridership at a reasonable price [and] requires little additional service. It requires no new line extensions. And it can be done to maximize the value of existing urban neighborhoods."

The article provides a chronology of recent infill station projects from around the country, like in Washington D.C., Chicago, and the East Bay Area, as well as making the financial case for the cost-per-rider benefit of such projects.

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