Newton Centre (MBTA station)

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NEWTON CENTRE
Inbound train at Newton Center.jpg
An inbound train next to the historic depot building
Station statistics
Address Langley Road
Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′46″N 71°11′33″W / 42.32944°N 71.19250°W / 42.32944; -71.19250Coordinates: 42°19′46″N 71°11′33″W / 42.32944°N 71.19250°W / 42.32944; -71.19250
Line(s)
  Green Line "D" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1852
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2009 daily) 1,487[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Riverside
Green Line

Newton Centre is a surface-level streetcar station located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts on the Green Line "D" Branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Like the other surface level stations on the "D" Branch, it opened on July 4, 1959.

The first station at this site opened in 1852 on Langley Road as a part of the Charles River Railroad.[2] The Boston and Albany Railroad commissioned Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge to design a new station in 1890. The new station, built by the Norcross Brothers firm of Worcester, opened in 1891.[3] The station was heavily modified in 1907 when the line was sunk below grade to eliminate street crossings.[3]

The interior of the building used to house a Starbucks coffee shop containing a sign that indicated when a Boston-bound train arrived. However, the coffeehouse was closed in the fall of 2008 as part of Starbucks' restructuring campaign due to the economic recession.[4] The station now houses the Deluxe Station Diner, a satellite restaurant of the Deluxe Town Diner in Coolidge Square, Watertown, Massachusetts.[5]

The City of Newton spells the name of the village as "Newton Centre", with English spelling, while the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spelled its station "Newton Center", with American spelling. In 2012, the station's signs were covered with new labels reading "Newton Centre".

Station layout[edit]

G
Street/
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "D" Branch toward Riverside (Newton Highlands)
Inbound "D" Branch toward Government Center (Chestnut Hill)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Discover Historic Newton Centre
  3. ^ a b Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 198. ISBN 9780942147087. 
  4. ^ Full List of U.S. Store Closures
  5. ^ http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/newton/2010/05/deluxe_diner_in_newton_centre.html

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