Route 128 (MBTA station)
Amtrak inter-city rail station
MBTA commuter rail station
MBTA Commuter Rail train at Route 128
|Address||50 University Avenue
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Fare zone||2 (MBTA only)|
|Passengers (2012)||444,058 5.8% (Amtrak)|
Route 128 is a station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Providence/Stoughton MBTA Commuter Rail line, with inbound service to Back Bay and South Station in Boston and outbound service towards either Stoughton or Wickford Junction. It is also known as "University Park" station. The station is also served by Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service to New York City and Washington, D.C., including all Acela Express high speed trains.
Route 128 Station is located at Exit 13 off Interstate 95/US 1/MA Route 128, in Westwood, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Primarily a commuter station, Route 128 is mainly intended as a highway-to-rail park and ride facility, and has no connections to MBTA bus service. There are separate automobile entrances and levels for Amtrak (overnight) and commuter rail (day only) parking. Fast Lane transponders are accepted for payment of parking fees.
A new, completely rebuilt station opened in 2000, with a $30 million, multi-level 2,000-space parking garage, bicycle racks, staffed ticket windows, small concession and vending area, and an enclosed, well-lit waiting area. The new parking garage at Route 128 Station has been a source of controversy, due to the financing plan that relies heavily on customer revenues which have failed to meet expectations.
Blue Hill Drive/Green Lodge Street, the original alignment of the Circumferential Highway (Route 128), used to pass over the railroad where the platforms now are. With the building of the new alignment of 128, the old road was little-traveled, and the bridge was removed. The abutments are still visible on each side.
On January 28, 2003, there was a fatal accident at Route 128 Station, resulting in the death of a 34-year old woman who was struck by a commuter train.
- Route 128 Station is wheelchair accessible and has full length high level platforms. (There is a section of low level platform left over from the earlier station, but it is not normally used.)
- Other Amtrak stations on the Northeast Corridor are generally accessible. Most have high-level platforms.
- Only selected MBTA commuter rail stations have wheelchair access and most of those have short elevated platforms that only serve one or two cars. See MBTA accessibility.
Parking Rate: $7.00/first 14 hours. $14/each day thereafter - FastLane and Credit Cards Accepted
- Westwood Industrial Park
- Blue Hills Reservation
- 5 miles via car or taxi to Norwood Memorial Airport, a general aviation facility
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