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Assembly Square MBTA Station Opening Sept. 2

BOSTON — The MBTA’s first new rapid-transit station in 27 years is set to open Tuesday at Somerville’s Assembly Square.

Somerville Assembly Square

(Abby Elizabeth Conway/WBUR)

Orange Line trains will begin stopping at the new Assembly station, between Wellington Circle and Sullivan Square, with the start of service Tuesday morning, according to a T spokesperson.

A 10-minute ride from downtown Boston, the station is the capstone of Somerville’s massive $1.5 billion Assembly Row development. Though not completed, it’s already home to dozens of retail outlets and restaurants, two new apartment complexes, a Legoland Discovery Center and a 12-screen movie theater.

“This new Orange Line station will provide a vital, accessible and convenient rapid transit link for the City of Somerville, especially the new Assembly Row neighborhood,” Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said in a statement.

While the station will open to passengers Tuesday, construction is expected to continue through November.

It’s the first Orange Line station for Somerville, and one of six new T stops slated to open there in the next decade.

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  • Leaky Pen

    Does anyone else think the funding for this could have been better spent on other T improvements? Plunking a stop between two close-by stops (Wellington and Sullivan) is not much of a boost to the overall system or to most residents who can just as easily go to Sullivan Station. Better would be to extend the Orange line out from Oak Grove.

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