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While the majority of the rapid tran- sit system shuts down at midnight, ad- ditional game day trains will be staged in waiting to take the fans home after the end of a late night game. Other- wise, an announcement is made inside the park advising patrons that the “T” is about to shut down for the night. The nearby tracks of the Boston & Albany (itself a subsidiary of the New York Central) never hosted a station for Fenway Park until


the MBTA


opened Yawkey in 1988. It was origi- nally used for limited game day service by Framingham Line commuter trains, as well as special Fenway Flyer trains from the Attleboro and Franklin lines. Regular service to Yawkey commenced in 2001. Ground was broken on an ex- panded station in 2010 that will in- clude two full-length high-level plat- forms. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season. Trains have long played a part in the history of New York City’s baseball teams. The term “Subway Series” was quickly coined by fans in the 1920s when local teams played against one another. The Bronx-based Yankees would regularly meet their cross-town rivals New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers in post-season play, and their respective ballparks were connected by the growing subway system. When the Giants and Dodgers decamped for the West Coast in 1958, the opportunity for a “Subway Series” did not present itself again until the arrival of the New York Mets 1962. Probably the most well- known in recent memory was the 2000 “Subway Series” World Series resulting in the Yankees’ 26th championship win over the Mets.


TOP: CTA’s Red Line Addison Station on Chicago’s north side serves Wrigley Field. Opened in 1900 and rebuilt in 1994, Addison Station predates the baseball park by 14 years. On October 3, 2009, Red Line car 2907 stops for passengers after a Cubs win. KEN STOREY ABOVE: On the other side of town, an inbound Metra Rock Island District train delivers White Sox fans to the new 35th Street station serving the new Comiskey Park on July 25, 2011. OTTO M. VONDRAK


will be the hub for other light rail lines currently under consideration. North- star commuter rail provides service to every Twins home game. This typically means an extra inbound and outbound train since Northstar’s normal com- muter-focused schedule does not ac- commodate most game times. Hi- awatha Line light rail also adds extra trains to accommodate demand. Post- game trains are staged on a tail track ad- jacent to Target Field. Three-car trains are used post-game whenever possible.


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Venerable Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, opened in 1912 and is the oldest Major League Baseball sta-


dium currently in use. Two light rail stops are located near the ballpark, Fenway station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Green Line D Branch, and Kenmore which is served by the B, C, and D branches. Fenway station opened in 1959, when the MBTA’s predecessor Metropolitan Transportation Authority purchased the old Boston & Albany Highland Branch and converted it to a trolley line connected to the rest of the system at Kenmore. A siding at Fenway holds ex- tra trains for game day service. Ken- more station is closer to Fenway Park, only one block away. Opened in 1932, this busy station is favored by those traveling to see the Red Sox.


In 2009, the new Yankee Stadium opened for its inaugural season in The Bronx, right across the street from the original “House that Ruth Built.” The new stadium continues to be served by the 4, B, and D trains of the NYC Sub- way via the 161st Street-Yankee Stadi- um station complex; In addition, the new 153rd Street-Yankees station was built to serve the commuter trains of MTA Metro-North Railroad. The IRT No. 4 Jerome Avenue Line station opened at 161st Street in 1917, though the first Yankee Stadium would not be built there until 1923. The IND B and D Concourse Line station would not open until 1933. Together, both lines bring thousands of fans from Manhattan up to the stadium in The Bronx on game days. Though the former New York Cen- tral tracks have always run within a stone’s throw of Yankee Stadium, the new 153rd Street-Yankees station is the first constructed to serve it directly. Though the station is located on the Hudson Line, special game day service from the Harlem and New Haven Lines is operated directly to the new station,


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