Amherst (Amtrak station)
Amherst Massachusetts Amtrak Station.
|Address||13 Railroad Street
Amherst, MA 01002
|Connections||PVTA: 30, 45|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Closed||1966; December 29, 2014 (planned)|
|Passengers (FY2014)||14,124 5.7%|
Amherst is an passenger rail station in Amherst, Massachusetts currently served by the Amtrak Vermonter. It is located at 13 Railroad Street off Main Street, and serves the downtown area along with Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The station will be closed on December 29, 2014, when the Vermonter is rerouted to the Conn River Line several miles to the west.
The station was originally built in 1853 by the New London Northern, located several blocks east of the town center. (The Central Massachusetts Railroad, which shared trackage with the NLN south of Amherst, had its own station located on South Pleasant Street.) Passenger service on the line (by then long under the Central Vermont Railroad) ended in 1966; the station was modified for other uses.
In 1989, the Montrealer (which had been discontinued in 1987 due to poor track conditions on the Conn River Line in Massachusetts and the CV in Vermont) was restored on a routing via Amherst, with a stop there. The building, which is privately owned, was restored to its original condition in 1992. The interior is split between a passenger waiting area and a commercial space. In 1995, the Montrealer was cut back to St. Albans and renamed as the Vermonter'.
In 2014, the Conn River Line was rebuilt for renewed passenger service. On December 29, 2014, the Vermonter will be rerouted to that line, serving stops at Northampton, Greenfield, and later Holyoke. The last day of service to Amherst will be December 28.
In 2014, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield, will become added routes on the Vermonter on its way towards Brattleboro, Vermont. Vermonter service to Amherst will be discontinued December 28, 2014.
Amherst's train station is part of the proposed Central Corridor Rail Line, with a southern terminus in New London, Connecticut and a northern terminus in Brattleboro, Vermont, where it would meet the re-tooled Vermonter en route to Montreal.
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- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, Commonwealth of Massachusetts" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
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- "Amtrak Vermonter Service to the Knowledge Corridor Starts December 29". Amtrak. 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
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