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Downtown Crossing, Boston

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Downtown Crossing is a rapid transit station located in the Downtown Crossing retail district in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is the junction of the Orange Line and the Red Line as one of the quartet of "hub stations" on the MBTA subway system, as well as a major bus transfer location serving 13 MBTA Bus routes, including one Silver Line route.Downtown Crossing station is two levels deep. The upper (Orange Line) level, opened in 1908, stretches from Temple Place to Franklin Street under Washington Street. The lower (Red Line) level, opened in 1915, reaches from Washington Street to Chauncey Street under Winter Street. Downtown Crossing is the second busiest subway station in the MBTA network (behind only South Station), with an average of 23,478 entries per weekday in 2013. The Winter Street Concourse (opened in March 1979) allows access to the Green Line at Park Street without leaving their common paid area.HistoryThe Washington Street Tunnel carrying the Main Line Elevated opened on November 30, 1908. Stations on the tunnel were built in pairs with different names and separate entrances, an appeasement to merchants on the street who desired maximal pedestrian traffic. Stations were located at Summer northbound with entrances at Summer Street and Franklin Street, and Winter southbound with entrances at Winter Street and Temple Place.
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  • Downtown crossing is a subway station. Like all of the other subway stations I visited over 4 days it was dirty, rundown and scummy. But no complaints since I did not get robbed. It did pop me out jus...  more »
  • This discount store from BK offers everything you need for a very inexpensive price, I mean everything you name it, clothings , shoes, boots,bags......,everything with a price like you are in garage s...  more »
  • Lots of people so hang on to the kids. Very busy area when the work day is over. Lots of places to choice for dinner after work. Lots of high rise building. Vendors on the street for lots of interesti...  more »

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To stay close to where most of Boston's tourist action is, book a room at one of the many hotels located downtown, near the center of the city and state governments, businesses, and shopping. For a more affordable option, consider a budget-friendly boutique hotel or small bed and breakfast in one of the city's diverse residential neighborhoods. If you plan to stay longer and need a real home away from home, explore Boston's short-term rental options, which include private villas, waterfront lofts, and luxury apartments scattered across the city's historical districts.
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