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
Station statistics
Address 34 Washington Square
Worcester, MA
Line(s) Amtrak: MBTA:
Connections WRTA Buses
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Greyhound Bus Lines
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3 (2 bypass the platform)
Parking Yes, 500 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 2000
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code WOR
Owned by Worcester Redevelopment Authority
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 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The station was originally built in 1911 by the New York Central Railroad along Boston and Albany Railroad Main Line during the heyday of railroading in the United States as a replacement for the previous B&A Depot of 1875. As a union station, it also served the Providence and Worcester Railroad, which was acquired by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, and Norwich and Worcester Railroad, which was acquired by the New York and New England Railroad only to be taken over by New Haven Railroad, as well as the Worcester, Nashua and Rochester Railroad and Boston, Barre and Gardner Railroad which both became part of the Boston and Maine Railroad. It was abandoned in 1975 and fell into disrepair. It was acquired by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority and completely renovated at a cost of $32 million under the leadership of former Mayor Raymond Mariano. 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. By 2015, Springfield will feature one of the United States' first two high-speed train terminals;[citation needed] currently, there is talk about extending the service to Worcester and points east.[4]

Old Union Station

Union Station's facilities include:

There are a number of parking options adjacent to Union Station. The newest is the Union Station Parking Garage, completed in July 2008, which has 500 spaces and direct access to the station.[5] Few actually choose to use the new garage due to its high rates and most seek alternative options in the area.[citation needed]

Worcester Regional Transit Authority[edit]

In April 2012, the Worcester Regional Transit Authority broke ground on a new regional transit hub connected 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 projected cost is $14 million, with $10 million coming from the Federal Government and the rest coming from the state.[6][7] The new hub is scheduled to open on June 1, 2013.[8]

Nearby Worcester attractions[edit]

Accessibility[edit]

Union Station platform
  • Worcester Station is wheelchair accessible and has a full length high level platform.
  • Only selected MBTA commuter rail stations have wheelchair access and most of those have short elevated platforms that only serve one or two cars on the western end of the train. South Station is the only other station on this commuter rail line that has full length high level platforms. (See MBTA accessibility.)
  • Contact Amtrak for accessibility information at other stations.

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/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/scanner@therta.com_20130424_154642.pdf
  9. ^ Monaha, John J. (March 6, 2008). "Will city trains go north to go east?". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved June 20, 2011. "State transportation officials are studying a possible new commuter rail route between Union Station in Worcester and North Station in Boston that could supplement existing commuter rail service from Worcester to South Station in Boston, and provide new commuter service in West Boylston, Clinton and Lancaster." 

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