Foxboro (MBTA station)
The single platform at Foxboro station
(Special events only)
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2005-2006)||1,567 (per event)|
Foxboro station on the MBTA Commuter Rail system is only used for special events, such as New England Patriots football games, at nearby Gillette Stadium. It lies on a freight line between Mansfield and Framingham, currently owned by CSX as the Framingham Secondary. The line was part of the Boston, Clinton, Fitchburg and New Bedford Railroad, Old Colony Railroad, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and finally Conrail until 1999, when it passed to CSX. The line connects to the MBTA's Franklin Line at Walpole and the Providence/Stoughton Line at Mansfield.
Trains come from Boston's South Station via the Franklin Line and from Providence via the Providence/Stoughton Line. Franklin Line trains make stops at Back Bay, Dedham Corporate Center, and Norwood Central. Providence Line trains make stops at South Attleboro, Attleboro, and Mansfield. The service started with the opening of Foxboro Stadium in August 1971; Providence service ended soon but was brought back in 1994.
In September 2010, the MBTA completed a study to determine the feasibility of extending full-time commuter rail service to Foxboro via the Franklin Line. The study looked at extending some Fairmount Line service to Foxboro, running shuttle trains from Foxboro to Walpole, or a combination of both. No determination has been made as to if or when this service would begin.
- "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- Jacobs Engineering Group; Central Transportation Planning Staff; Gailbraith, Anne S. (1 September 2010). "Foxborough Commuter Rail Feasibility Study". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- MBTA - Football Trains to Gillette Stadium
- MBTA - Foxborough Commuter Rail Feasibility Analysis
- Media related to Foxboro (MBTA station) at Wikimedia Commons