Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Alewife Intermodal Transportation Facility
Cambridge, MA
1,000,000 gsf, 2,050 parking spaces
$84,000,000
1985

Alewife Station is a major transfer facility on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Red Line Extension, which runs from Harvard Square to North Cambridge.

The station houses a subway platform for six-car trains, a 12-berth bus platform, drop-off areas for automobiles and taxis, parking for 2,050 cars, and an array of service facilities that includes coffee bars, newsstands, and fast-food restaurants.

The building consists of more than one million square feet, distributed over four levels. Escalators and glass-enclosed elevators integrate the interior. Natural light, landscaping, and artwork - coordinated with the Cambridge Arts Council - contribute to enlivening passenger waiting areas. The forms, volumes, and materials of the exterior articulate the station's various components and express a dynamic, contemporary image for public transportation.