Anderson Regional Transportation Center

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Anderson Regional Transportation Center
Amtrak inter-city rail station
MBTA commuter rail station
Anderson Regional Transportation Center.jpg
Station statistics
Address 100 Atlantic Avenue
Woburn, MA
Coordinates 42°31′03″N 71°08′38″W / 42.5174°N 71.144°W / 42.5174; -71.144Coordinates: 42°31′03″N 71°08′38″W / 42.5174°N 71.144°W / 42.5174; -71.144
Line(s) Amtrak: MBTA:
Connections MBTA Buses and Logan Express
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Opened April 28, 2001
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code WOB (Amtrak only)
Owned by Massport
Fare zone 2 (MBTA Commuter Rail only)
Traffic
Passengers (2010) 1,239 weekday avg.[1] (MBTA)
Passengers (2013) 19,573[2] Increase 3.8% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Terminus
Downeaster
MBTA.svg MBTA
Lowell Line
toward Lowell
Haverhill Line
rush hours only
toward Haverhill

Anderson Regional Transportation Center (RTC) is a train and bus station located at 100 Atlantic Ave., off Commerce Way in Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. It can be accessed from Exit 37C off Interstate 93 or the Washington Street exit off Interstate 95/Route 128. It opened on April 28, 2001, and was named in memory of James R. "Jimmy" Anderson (1968–1981). Its services and facilities include:

MetroNorth Shuttle service that connected the station to locations in Woburn, Burlington and Lexington ended in 2006, and the Manchester Shuttle service to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport ended in June 2008.[3]

There are separate parking lots for overnight parking and for commuter rail (day-only) parking. The former is intended for airport and Amtrak customers and is more expensive. The Massport lot has 875 spaces and the MBTA lot has 1,500 spaces.

As of 2012, there are 30 commuter-rail departures to Boston each weekday, the most of any MBTA station outside Boston after Beverly, which has 31 departures, and Salem, which has 29.

Of the eleven Amtrak stations in Massachusetts, Woburn was the seventh busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 40 passengers daily.[4]

History[edit]

An outbound MBTA commuter train departing from Anderson RTC.

The station and the surrounding commercial-industrial area was redeveloped from the Industri-Plex Superfund site.[5][6] The site is a former chemical and glue manufacturing facility. Industri-Plex was used for manufacturing chemicals such as lead-arsenic insecticides, acetic acid, and sulfuric acid for local textile, leather, and paper manufacturing industries from 1853 to 1931. Chemicals manufactured by other industries at the site include phenol, benzene, and toluene. Industri-Plex was also used to manufacture glue from raw animal hide and chrome-tanned hide wastes from 1934 to 1969. The by-products and residues from these industries caused the soils within the site to become contaminated with elevated levels of metals, such as arsenic, lead and chrome. During the 1970s, the site was redeveloped for industrial use. Excavations uncovered and mixed industrial by-products and wastes accumulated over 130 years. During this period, residues from animal hide wastes used in the manufacture of glue were relocated on-site from buried pits to piles near swampy areas on the property. Many of the animal hide piles and lagoons on-site were leaching toxic metals into the environment. In the 1980s, the site contained streams and ponds, a warehouse and office buildings, remnant manufacturing buildings, and hide waste deposits buried on the site.[7] The site was cleaned up using the capping technique, in which an impermeable layer seals the top of the hazardous waste site, preventing further pollution.

Attractions[edit]

Accessibility[edit]

Main article: MBTA accessibility
  • Anderson Regional Transportation Center is wheelchair accessible and has a full length, high-level, center platform that serves trains in both directions. There is an elevator in the station building that leads to an overpass and a long ramp to the platform.
  • Amtrak stations on the Downeaster route are accessible with high platforms.
  • Only selected MBTA commuter rail stations have wheelchair access and most of those have short elevated platforms that only serve one or two cars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF). MBTA. 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, Commonwealth of Massachusetts" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Manchester Shuttle". Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2011, Commonwealth of Massachusetts" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Review Recent Publications and Articles About the Industri-plex Project". Greenfield Environmental Trust Group. Archived from the original on 2007-05-31. 
  6. ^ "MetroNorth: Digging up the Region's Most Challenging Projects". Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England: Industri-Plex". Environmental Protection Agency. 

External links[edit]

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