Union Station (Worcester, Massachusetts)

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Worcester Union Station
Amtrak inter-city rail station
MBTA commuter rail station
Union Station November 2012.JPG
Location 34 Washington Square
Worcester, MA
Owned by Worcester Redevelopment Authority
Line(s) Amtrak: MBTA:
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3 (2 bypass the platform)
Connections WRTA Buses
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Greyhound Bus Lines
Construction
Parking Yes, 500 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code WOR
History
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 2000
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 9,552[1]Increase 7.3% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited
MBTA.svg MBTA
Terminus Framingham/Worcester Line
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Albany
Boston and Albany Railroad
Main Line
toward Boston
Terminus Worcester Line
Worcester Union Station
Union Station (Worcester, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Union Station (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°15′40.32″N 71°47′41.64″W / 42.2612000°N 71.7949000°W / 42.2612000; -71.7949000Coordinates: 42°15′40.32″N 71°47′41.64″W / 42.2612000°N 71.7949000°W / 42.2612000; -71.7949000
Architect Watson & Huckel
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Governing body Private
Part of Blackstone Canal Historic District (#71000030)
NRHP Reference # 80000617[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 1980
Designated CP August 15, 1995

Union Station is located at Washington Square in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. It is the western terminus of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line, with inbound service to Boston, and a station of Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited passenger line. It also services Peter Pan and Greyhound intercity bus routes, as well as local Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) bus service.


History[edit]

The station was built in 1911 by the New York Central Railroad along the Boston and Albany Railroad Main Line, during the heyday of railroading in the United States, replacing the previous 1875 depot. As a union station, it also served the Providence and Worcester Railroad (which was acquired by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad), the Norwich and Worcester Railroad (acquired by the New York and New England Railroad), the Worcester, Nashua and Rochester Railroad and the Boston, Barre and Gardner Railroad (which both became part of the Boston and Maine Railroad). Passenger service to Union Station ended by 1974, and the abandoned station fell into disrepair.

Union Station, 1906

Subsequently, Union Station was acquired by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority and completely renovated at a cost of $32 million. The renovated station opened in July 2000. An intercity and local bus terminal, with five bus ports, was added at a cost of $5.2 million and opened in August 2006.[3] By February 2009, the station served an average of 954 Boston-bound commuter rail passengers each weekday. The station also hosts a single Amtrak train daily, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 26 passengers daily in fiscal year 2013. There are proposals to extend passenger service west to Springfield.[4]

Union Station's facilities include the Grand Hall, with original elliptical stained-glass ceilings, interior marble columns and mahogany wood trim, Luciano's Cotton Club, a 1920's gangster-themed restaurant, and the Union Station Parking Garage, which has 500 spaces and direct access to the station.[5] Union Station is wheelchair accessible and has a full length high level platform.

Worcester Regional Transit Authority[edit]

Union Station platform

In April 2012, the Worcester Regional Transit Authority broke ground on a new regional transit hub adjacent to historic Union Station:

When completed, the new 14,000 square foot facility will house the WRTA’s administrative offices and its customer service center. Included in the design are a new bus pavilion with an enclosed public waiting area, restroom facilities, ticket vending machines and eight bus slips.[6]

The cost was $14 million, with $10 million coming from the Federal Government and the rest coming from the state.[6][7] The new hub opened in May, 2013.[8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, Commonwealth of Massachusetts" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Worcester County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ Worcester, MA - Union Station/Washington Square Project
  4. ^ http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/MASSACHUSETTS10.pdf
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b "Groundbreaking Ceremony for WRTA Transportation Hub". Worcester Regional Transit Authority Homepage. Worcester Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Bock, Linda (April 4, 2012). "New WRTA hub, maintenance garage in the wind". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.therta.com/about/new-hub-construction/ WRTA, Transportation Hub

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