River Works (MBTA station)

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RIVER WORKS
River Works commuter rail stop.jpg
Inbound platform
Station statistics
Address 1000 Western Avenue
Lynn, MA, 01910
Coordinates 42°27′N 70°58′W / 42.45°N 70.97°W / 42.45; -70.97Coordinates: 42°27′N 70°58′W / 42.45°N 70.97°W / 42.45; -70.97
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking None
Bicycle facilities None
Other information
Opened September 9, 1965[1]
Owned by MBTA
Fare zone 2
Formerly G.E. Works (until ca. 1980)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 56 (daily inbound average)[2]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Newburyport/Rockport Line

River Works is a passenger rail station on MBTA Commuter Rail's Newburyport/Rockport Line. The station is for General Electric Aviation employees only who work at the River Works plant.[3] Trains only stop at River Works on weekdays. It is served by inbound trains in the morning and outbound trains in the evening for commuting plant workers, as well as trains in the opposite directions for reverse commuting workers.[4]

History[edit]

The station opened as G.E. Works on September 9, 1965 to serve workers of the plant, which had opened during World War II.[1] The name was changed to River Works in the late 1970s. It did not appear on maps until the MBTA bought the northside commuter lines in 1976, and was listed only as a footnote on public timetables until January 1989.[5][1]

River Works station has two bare concrete platforms with bus shelters to serve the line's two tracks; it is not handicapped accessible. The River Works plant formerly shipped large products like electrical transformers by rail; the two-track main line was flanked with running tracks which connected sidings serving the plant.[5] The platforms are located on the outside of these former tracks; making the station accessible would require building platforms which would preclude future freight rail access.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Belcher, Jonathan (31 December 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "River Works". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Newburyport/Rockport Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Van Bokkelen, James B. (2011). "Eastern Route Main Line - on-line features". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 

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