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Silver Line rolling into Chelsea in April as planned

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The Silver Line will as planned roll into Chelsea in April, further opening up Boston’s northern neighbor as a hub of transit-oriented development and adding that many more commuters to South Station’s daily crush.

The five-mile route will run from South Station through East Boston to a stop just west of Everett Avenue, and will facilitate connections to the Red and Blue lines.

An estimated 8,700 people will use the route daily, which will include an exclusive right-of-way for Silver Line buses once in Chelsea.

There will be four stops total in Chelsea (see map below). And, as part of the extension, the state will relocate the city’s commuter rail station westward and spruce it up quite a bit.

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