Kendall/MIT (MBTA station)
Inbound platform, with historic timeline and images from nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Address||Intersection of Main, Third Streets and Broadway, Cambridge, MA|
|Platforms||2 side platforms, no crossover mezzanine|
|Bicycle facilities||58 spaces|
|Opened||March 23, 1912|
|Owned by||Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority|
|Passengers (2009)||13,975 (weekday average boardings)1|
Kendall/MIT is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Kendall Square at the intersection of Broadway and Main Street, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Trains emerge from the Red Line tunnel just east of the station to cross the Charles River via the Longfellow Bridge. The station includes the Kendall Band, a public art installation of hand-operated musical sculptures that hang between the tracks at the station platform level which are operated by levers located on the side walls of the two platforms. The Kendall stop also features a prominent timeline detailing the history of the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There is no crossover within fare control; to reverse direction one must exit and re-enter the station, passing through fare gates again, or go to another station.
From the early 20th century through the 1970s, the MBTA operated a powerhouse above ground in Kendall Square, including cycloconverters to transform incoming AC electrical power to 600 volts DC power fed to the third rail to run the subway. An old-fashioned cycloconverter consisted of an AC motor coupled to a huge slowly-rotating flywheel coupled to a DC generator, hence the name. With the development of compact modern semiconductor based power rectifiers, the old mechanical technology became obsolete. The MBTA powerhouse was demolished, and replaced with an office building located at the convergence of Broadway and Main Street.
- Longfellow Bridge
- Charles River Bike Paths along Memorial Drive
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Cambridge Center commercial buildings
- Kendall Square Cinema
- CambridgeSide Galleria Mall
- Shops, restaurants, and hotels
- CT2 Sullivan Station - Ruggles Station via Kendall/MIT
- 64 Oak Square via North Beacon Street & Central Square, Cambridge
- 68 Harvard/Holyoke Gate via Broadway
- 85 Spring Hill via Summer Street & Union Square
- Free "Wave" shuttle bus to the CambridgeSide Galleria and Kendall Square Cinema
- EZRide Shuttle to North Station via Cambridgeside Galleria & First Street
Kendall/MIT is wheelchair accessible.
Kendall/MIT Station is a proposed stop on the MBTA's planned Urban Ring Project.2dead link The Urban Ring will most likely be a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line designed to connect the current MBTA Lines to reduce congestion at the downtown transfer stations between subway lines, as well as decrease trip times.citation needed
The Kendall Band is a three part sculpture created between 1986 and 1988 by Paul Matisse, the grandson of Henri Matisse and stepson of Marcel Duchamp.3 Located between the inbound and outbound tracks of Kendall Station, the art work is seen by approximately 12,518 riders on an average weekday,4 and cost $90,000 to construct.5
The three parts of the interactive work are called “Pythagoras," “Kepler," and “Galileo," and are all controlled by levers located on both subway platforms.6 The works fell into disrepair, though in 2010 students from MIT began restoration.
- "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- Urban Ring Phase 2 FACT SHEETdead link
- Christopher Reed. Pure Fabrication. Harvard Magazine. May–June 2002. Accessed May 26, 2010.
- MBTA Bluebook. MBTA. 2007. Accessed May 26, 2010
- Daly, Gabriel J. and Velan, Sonam S. T-Riders Ring the Sound of Science. The Harvard Crimson. December 07, 2006 . Accessed May 27, 2010.
- Grace notes from the underground. The Boston Globe. May 9, 2010. Accessed May 26, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kendall/MIT (MBTA station).|
- MBTA - Kendall Station (Red Line)
- nycsubway.org - MBTA Red Line: Kendall
- Inbound headhouse on Google Maps Street View
- Entrances on Google Maps Street View