JP A to Z: O is for Orange Line #AtoZChallenge #JamaicaPlain


O is for Orange Line

The Orange Line is the life line for Jamaica Plain, allowing JP residents a direct rapid transit commute to Downtown Boston and connections to other communities beyond.  The Orange Line in Jamaica Plain was originally the Elevated over Washington Street (more on that in a future JP A to Z post) but the El was torn down in 1987, replaced by the Southwest Corridor.  There are four Orange Line stops in Jamaica Plain: Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street, and the terminus of the Orange Line in Forest Hills.

Each of the MBTA’s lines has its own personality.  I don’t ride the Blue Line much so I can’t speak to that.  But the Green Line tends to be dominated by college students and young adults.  By day it’s like a study hall, by night it’s like a cocktail party.  The Red Line is more for professionals, people in suits going to the Financial District or medical professionals in scrubs going to a hospital.  And the Orange Line?  To paraphrase James Joyce “Here comes everybody!”  Passengers are diverse in ethnic and social backgrounds, and it seems the line where I most often see children commuting with their parents.  In fact, for several years I took my son to childcare on the T and I was always impressed by how Orange Line riders would help out – offering a seat, clearing a space, helping carry the stroller, and entertaining a cranky toddler.  That’s why I contend that the Orange Line in its own quiet way is the friendliest line of the MBTA system.

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