South Attleboro (MBTA station)
An inbound train leaves South Attleboro
|Address||1315 Newport Avenue
Attleboro, MA 02703-8040
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||563 spaces (14 accessible)|
|Bicycle facilities||2 spaces|
|Opened||20 June 1990|
|Electrified||11 December 2000|
|Passengers (2009 daily)||2,373|
South Attleboro is an MBTA Commuter Rail commuter rail station on the MBTA's Providence/Stoughton Line located in the South Attleboro section of Attleboro, Massachusetts. The station, situated underneath Newport Avenue, is the MBTA's southernmost station on the line in Massachusetts. It includes a large park-and-ride lot to serve commuters from the nearby cites of Pawtucket and Central Falls.
Historically, there was no station on the site where the modern station now exists. (This is unusual; most stations opened under the MBTA have been located on the sites of former stations). The nearest stations were Hebronville, 2 miles to the east, and Pawtucket/Central Falls an equal distance to the west. Hebronville closed long before the MBTA era, while Pawtucket/Central Falls closed on February 20, 1981 when Rhode Island stopped funding commuter rail service to Providence. Commuter service returned to Providence on February 1, 1988, but the Pawtucket/Central Falls station remained closed.
The MBTA built a new station at South Attleboro to reach the Pawtucket/Central Falls market without adding a second stop in Rhode Island, which Rhode Island did not wish to pay for. The station site at Route 1A is located less than a mile east of the point where the line enters Rhode Island, and offered room for a parking lot whereas the downtown Pawtucket location did not. South Attleboro station opened on June 20, 1990, before which the southernmost station in Massachusetts was Attleboro. The area where the station is located in was once part of a Holiday Inn that was shut down to make way for the station. The former hotel is now a warehouse.
South Attleboro was the weekend terminus of the line until June 29, 2006, when Rhode Island began funding weekend service to Providence. As a high-ridership station, South Attleboro is served by all commuter trains that run between Providence and Boston.
In the 2010 Northeast Corridor Master Plan, Amtrak indicated long-term plans to add two outer station sidings and high-level platforms to South Attleboro, allowing Amtrak trains to pass stopped MBTA trains. However, the project is not considered a high priority and is not in current planning. More immediately, portions of the station are in poor condition, with one set of stairs closed due to rust damage. Although the station has mini-high platforms for level boarding, certain ADA-required elements such as tactile platform edges are missing.
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- "Attleboro". Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
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