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T may eliminate 2 Green Line stops near BU

Plan proposes 2 new locations along BU strip

An MBTA employee sits in the drivers seat of a B train.Evan Richman/Globe Staff/File

A new proposal from the MBTA could eliminate two of the four stops on the Boston University strip of the Green Line’s B branch.

The four stops — Boston University West, St. Paul Street, Pleasant Street, and Babcock Street — are squeezed into a stretch of less than a half-mile on Commonwealth Avenue. BU West and St. Paul Street are only one-tenth of a mile apart.

Under the plan, which is a part of the proposed Commonwealth Avenue redesign, all four stops would be eliminated, with two new stops replacing them. One would be slightly outbound from the current BU West location, while the other would be slightly inbound from the current Babcock Street stop, said Andrew Bettinelli, a spokesman for state Senator William Brownsberger’s office.

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Bettinelli said the goal would be to make the stops as convenient to riders as possible, and to keep disruption to a minimum.

The proposal is to be presented to the public during a 6 p.m. forum Thursday at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, where MBTA personnel will discuss the proposed sites of the new stops, and provide details on the project’s cost, design, construction, and enhanced customer service and safety.

The public’s opinion of the proposal matters “a great deal,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo in an e-mail. “Many Green Line customers have repeatedly asked if it is necessary for trolleys to make so many stops over a fairly short distance.”

A press release on Brownsberger’s website said the project would improve safety and reduce travel times.


Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.