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.
Post for “O” in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.