List of MBTA Commuter Rail stations
The MBTA Commuter Rail is the commuter rail system for the Greater Boston metropolitan area of Massachusetts. It is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and operated under contract by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). As of the second quarter of 2012, it was the fifth-busiest commuter rail system in the United States with an average weekday ridership of 133,200. There are currently 137 stations on 12 lines, with one additional station used only for special events at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The system's routes span the eastern third of Massachusetts and the northern half of Rhode Island. They stretch from Newburyport in the north to North Kingstown, Rhode Island in the south, and reach as far west as Worcester and Fitchburg. There are plans to expand the area covered by the Commuter Rail further into Rhode Island to the south as well as into New Hampshire to the north.
The system is split into two parts, with lines north of Boston having a terminus at North Station and lines south of Boston having a terminus at South Station. There is no direct connection between the two stations, but travel is made possible by transferring to the MBTA's subway system. This lack of direct connection could be alleviated by the proposed (but currently shelved) North-South Rail Link which would build a tunnel connecting the two terminals.
Currently, there are several extensions of the Commuter Rail system under construction or in the planning stages. The extension of service from Providence further into Rhode Island opened to T. F. Green Airport In December 2010 and to Wickford Junction in April 2012. The Fairmount Line is undergoing a major rehabilitation that includes the construction of four new stations in Boston; the first three of these opened in November 2012 and July 2013. Construction work on a new western terminus of the Fitchburg Line at Wachusett Station has started. Planning work on the South Coast Rail project to restore service to Fall River and New Bedford is continuing with bridge work already started, and proposed extensions of commuter rail service to Nashua, New Hampshire via the Lowell Line and Plaistow, New Hampshire via the Haverhill Line are in the planning stages.
|Station||Indicates the MBTA's official name for the station. If the station is handicap accessible in some way, a wheelchair symbol appears next to the station name. (See MBTA accessibility for further details.)|
|Line||Indicates the lines that stop at the given station. A bold line designation indicates that the station is a terminus for that line.|
|Connections||Denotes any links to MBTA's Subway or Bus Rapid Transit lines at the station.|
|City/neighborhood||Identifies the municipality (or for Boston, the neighborhood) in which the station is located.|
|Fare zone||Identifies which of the nine fare zones the station is in. The zones are 1A, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 with Zone 1A being the closest to North Station and South Station, and Zone 10 being the farthest.|
|Station info||A link to the station's information on http://mbta.com.|
The following stations are in design or under construction:
|Station||Line||Connections||City||Fare zone||Status||Planned opening||Refs|
|Blue Hill Avenue||—||Boston||TBA||Design||2015|||
- Bierman, Noah (January 6, 2010). "Commuter rail contractor wins extension". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- American Public Transportation Association, Commuter Rail Ridership Report, Second Quarter 2012.
- "Ridership and Service Statistics – Twelfth Edition 2009" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2009. p. 80. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules". MBTA.com. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Gelbwasser, Michael (September 11, 2009). "It'll be 'T' to Green". The Sun Chronicle. Attleboro, Massachusetts: United Communications Corporation. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Ireland, Doug (September 14, 2010). "Plaistow wants to get rail project on track". The Eagle-Tribune. North Andover, Massachusetts: Community Newspaper Holdings. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Capital Investment Program" (pdf). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. December 18, 2005. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- Hartwell, Michael (3 October 2012). "MART to get $3.6M in federal money to extend Wachusett rail line". Sentinel and Enterprise. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- Welker, Grant (May 18, 2010). "Work on South Coast Rail set to begin in fall". Taunton Daily Gazette. Taunton, Massachusetts: GateHouse Media. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- Ward, Peter (February 12, 2005). "Lowell's Nashua rail plan on track". The Sun. Lowell, Massachusetts: MediaNews Group. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Commuter Rail Fares & Passes". MBTA.com. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- "Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- Mortimer, Frank (September 30, 2010). "Not all aboard yet for MBTA stop near stadium". The Foxboro Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- "State Implementation Plan – Transit Commitments Monthly Status Report". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
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