List of MBTA Commuter Rail stations

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Geographic and stylized maps of the MBTA Commuter Rail system

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).[1] As of the first quarter of 2013, it was the sixth-busiest commuter rail system in the United States with an average weekday ridership of 127,500.[2] There are currently 137 stations on 12 lines, with one additional station used only for special events at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

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.[3][4] 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.[7]

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.[5] 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.[8] Planning work on the South Coast Rail project to restore service to Fall River and New Bedford is continuing with bridge work already started,[9] 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.[6][10]

Key[edit]

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.[11]
Station info A link to the station's information on http://mbta.com.

Stations[edit]

Station[12] Line[12] Connections[12] City/neighborhood Fare zone[12] Station info
South Station Handicapped/disabled access Boston 1A Link
JFK/UMass Handicapped/disabled access Dorchester 1A Link
Quincy Center Handicapped/disabled access Quincy 1 Link
Weymouth Landing/East Braintree Handicapped/disabled access Weymouth 2 Link
East Weymouth Handicapped/disabled access Weymouth 2 Link
West Hingham Handicapped/disabled access Hingham 3 Link
Nantasket Junction Handicapped/disabled access Hingham 4 Link
Cohasset Handicapped/disabled access Cohasset 4 Link
North Scituate Handicapped/disabled access Scituate 5 Link
Greenbush Handicapped/disabled access Scituate 6 Link
Braintree Handicapped/disabled access Braintree 2 Link
Holbrook/Randolph Handicapped/disabled access Randolph 3 Link
Montello Handicapped/disabled access Brockton 4 Link
Brockton Handicapped/disabled access Brockton 4 Link
Campello Handicapped/disabled access Brockton 5 Link
Bridgewater Handicapped/disabled access Bridgewater 6 Link
Middleborough/Lakeville Handicapped/disabled access Lakeville 8 Link
South Weymouth Handicapped/disabled access Weymouth 3 Link
Abington Handicapped/disabled access Abington 4 Link
Whitman Handicapped/disabled access Whitman 5 Link
Hanson Handicapped/disabled access Hanson 6 Link
Halifax Handicapped/disabled access Halifax 7 Link
Kingston/Route 3 Handicapped/disabled access Kingston 8 Link
Plymouth Handicapped/disabled access Plymouth 8 Link
Newmarket Handicapped/disabled access Boston 1A Link
Uphams Corner Handicapped/disabled access Dorchester 1A Link
Four Corners/Geneva Ave Handicapped/disabled access Dorchester 1A Link
Talbot Ave Handicapped/disabled access Dorchester 1A Link
Morton Street Handicapped/disabled access Mattapan 1A Link
Fairmount Handicapped/disabled access Hyde Park 1A Link
Readville Handicapped/disabled access Hyde Park 2 Link
Back Bay Handicapped/disabled access Boston 1A Link
Ruggles Handicapped/disabled access Roxbury Crossing 1A Link
Hyde Park Handicapped/disabled access Hyde Park 1 Link
Route 128 Handicapped/disabled access Westwood 2 Link
Canton Junction Handicapped/disabled access Canton 3 Link
Canton Center Handicapped/disabled access Canton 3 Link
Stoughton Handicapped/disabled access Stoughton 4 Link
Sharon Handicapped/disabled access Sharon 4 Link
Mansfield Handicapped/disabled access Mansfield 6 Link
Attleboro Handicapped/disabled access Attleboro 7 Link
South Attleboro Handicapped/disabled access Attleboro 7 Link
Providence Handicapped/disabled access Providence, Rhode Island 8 Link
T.F. Green Airport Handicapped/disabled access Warwick, Rhode Island 9 Link
Wickford Junction Handicapped/disabled access North Kingstown, Rhode Island 10 Link
Foxboro Handicapped/disabled access Foxboro special
events
only[13]
Link
Endicott Dedham 2 Link
Dedham Corporate Center Handicapped/disabled access Dedham 2 Link
Islington Westwood 3 Link
Norwood Depot Handicapped/disabled access Norwood 3 Link
Norwood Central Handicapped/disabled access Norwood 3 Link
Windsor Gardens Norwood 4 Link
Plimptonville Walpole 4 Link
Walpole Walpole 4 Link
Norfolk Handicapped/disabled access Norfolk 5 Link
Franklin/Dean College Franklin 6 Link
Forge Park/495 Handicapped/disabled access Franklin 6 Link
Forest Hills Handicapped/disabled access Jamaica Plain 1A Link
Roslindale Village Handicapped/disabled access Roslindale 1 Link
Bellevue Handicapped/disabled access West Roxbury 1 Link
Highland Handicapped/disabled access West Roxbury 1 Link
West Roxbury Handicapped/disabled access West Roxbury 1 Link
Hersey Handicapped/disabled access Needham 2 Link
Needham Junction Handicapped/disabled access Needham 2 Link
Needham Center Handicapped/disabled access Needham 2 Link
Needham Heights Handicapped/disabled access Needham 2 Link
Yawkey Handicapped/disabled access Boston 1A Link
Newtonville Newton 1 Link
West Newton Newton 2 Link
Auburndale Auburndale 2 Link
Wellesley Farms Wellesley 3 Link
Wellesley Hills Wellesley 3 Link
Wellesley Square Wellesley 3 Link
Natick Natick 4 Link
West Natick Handicapped/disabled access Natick 4 Link
Framingham Handicapped/disabled access Framingham 5 Link
Ashland Handicapped/disabled access Ashland 6 Link
Southborough Handicapped/disabled access Southborough 6 Link
Westborough Handicapped/disabled access Westborough 7 Link
Grafton Handicapped/disabled access Grafton 8 Link
Worcester Handicapped/disabled access Worcester 8 Link
North Station Handicapped/disabled access Boston 1A Link
Porter Handicapped/disabled access Cambridge 1A Link
Belmont Center Belmont 1 Link
Waverley Belmont 1 Link
Waltham Handicapped/disabled access Waltham 2 Link
Brandeis/Roberts Handicapped/disabled access Waltham 2 Link
Kendal Green Weston 3 Link
Hastings Weston 3 Link
Silver Hill Weston 3 Link
Lincoln Lincoln 4 Link
Concord Concord 5 Link
West Concord Handicapped/disabled access Concord 5 Link
South Acton Acton 6 Link
Littleton/Route 495 Handicapped/disabled access Littleton 7 Link
Ayer Ayer 8 Link
Shirley Shirley 8 Link
North Leominster Handicapped/disabled access Leominster 8 Link
Fitchburg Handicapped/disabled access Fitchburg 8 Link
West Medford Medford 1A Link
Wedgemere Handicapped/disabled access Winchester 1 Link
Winchester Center Winchester 1 Link
Mishawum Woburn 2 Link
Anderson RTC Handicapped/disabled access Woburn 2 Link
Wilmington Handicapped/disabled access Wilmington 3 Link
North Billerica Handicapped/disabled access North Billerica 5 Link
Lowell Handicapped/disabled access Lowell 6 Link
Malden Center Handicapped/disabled access Malden 1A Link
Wyoming Hill Melrose 1 Link
Melrose/Cedar Park Melrose 1 Link
Melrose Highlands Handicapped/disabled access Melrose 1 Link
Greenwood Wakefield 2 Link
Wakefield Wakefield 2 Link
Reading Handicapped/disabled access Reading 2 Link
North Wilmington Wilmington 3 Link
Ballardvale Handicapped/disabled access Andover 4 Link
Andover Handicapped/disabled access Andover 5 Link
Lawrence Handicapped/disabled access Lawrence 6 Link
Bradford Handicapped/disabled access Bradford 7 Link
Haverhill Handicapped/disabled access Haverhill 7 Link
Chelsea Chelsea 1A Link
River Works Lynn 2 Link
Lynn Handicapped/disabled access Lynn 2 Link
Swampscott Handicapped/disabled access Swampscott 3 Link
Salem Handicapped/disabled access Salem 3 Link
Beverly Depot Handicapped/disabled access Beverly 4 Link
North Beverly Handicapped/disabled access Beverly 5 Link
Hamilton/Wenham Handicapped/disabled access Hamilton 5 Link
Ipswich Handicapped/disabled access Ipswich 6 Link
Rowley Handicapped/disabled access Rowley 7 Link
Newburyport Handicapped/disabled access Newburyport 8 Link
Montserrat Handicapped/disabled access Beverly 4 Link
Prides Crossing Beverly 5 Link
Beverly Farms Handicapped/disabled access Beverly 5 Link
Manchester Handicapped/disabled access Manchester 6 Link
West Gloucester Handicapped/disabled access Gloucester 7 Link
Gloucester Handicapped/disabled access Gloucester 7 Link
Rockport Handicapped/disabled access Rockport 8 Link

Future stations[edit]

The following stations are in design or under construction:

Station Line Connections City Fare zone Status Planned opening Refs
Blue Hill Avenue Boston 1A Design June 2017 [14]
Wachusett Westminster TBA Construction Early 2015 [8]
Boston Landing Allston-Brighton TBA Planning Late 2016 [15]
West Station Boston TBA Planning 2020 [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bierman, Noah (January 6, 2010). "Commuter rail contractor wins extension". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Public Transit Ridership Report, First Quarter 2013". American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved 12 March 13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help).
  3. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics – Twelfth Edition 2009" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2009. p. 80. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules". MBTA.com. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Gelbwasser, Michael (September 11, 2009). "It'll be 'T' to Green". The Sun Chronicle. Attleboro, Massachusetts: United Communications Corporation. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ "Capital Investment Program" (pdf). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. December 18, 2005. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Project: Project Update". January 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Ward, Peter (February 12, 2005). "Lowell's Nashua rail plan on track". The Sun. Lowell, Massachusetts: MediaNews Group. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Commuter Rail Fares & Passes". MBTA.com. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Mortimer, Frank (September 30, 2010). "Not all aboard yet for MBTA stop near stadium". The Foxboro Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Blue Hill Ave Station Design Meeting". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Powers, Martine (30 May 2014). "Brighton rail station opening pushed back to 2016". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Dungca, Nicole (30 September 2014). "New transit station to connect Allston to downtown". Boston Globe. Retrieved 1 October 2014.