Westborough (MBTA station)

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WESTBOROUGH
MBTA Westborough.jpg
Looking westward from the inbound platform
Location Smith Parkway & Fisher Street
Westborough, MA 01581
Coordinates 42°16′11″N 71°38′50″W / 42.2696°N 71.6473°W / 42.2696; -71.6473Coordinates: 42°16′11″N 71°38′50″W / 42.2696°N 71.6473°W / 42.2696; -71.6473
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Construction
Parking 443 spaces ($4.00 each)
Bicycle facilities 4 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 7
History
Opened June 22, 2002[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2009 daily) 576[2]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Worcester
Framingham/Worcester Line
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Albany
Boston and Albany Railroad
Main Line
toward Boston
toward Worcester
Worcester Line

Westborough is a passenger rail station on MBTA Commuter Rail's Framingham/Worcester Line. It is located off Smith Parkway in Westborough, Massachusetts, west of the town center. The station consists of two side platforms serving the line's two tracks. Each side has a small mini-high platform for handicapped access; an overhead ramp structure connects the two platforms.

History[edit]

The station was opened on June 22, 2002, along with Southborough.[1] The stations were built as part of a general expansion of service on the outer Framingham/Worcester Line as mitigation for delays in reopening the Greenbush Line. The $4.9 million station originally included 311 parking spaces.[1] Due to high demand, an additional 142-space lot costing $500,000 was opened in January 2006.[3]

Traffic[edit]

The Westborough station is heavily used due to its location at the intersection of Northborough, Westborough, and Shrewsbury. During peak rush hour periods the parking lot is heavily congested. In 2013 a traffic light was installed at the intersection of Otis st. and Smith Valve Parkway which alleviated significant delays exiting onto Otis Street and nearby Route 9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New MBTA Commuter Rail Stations Open; Train Service Expanded" (PDF). TRANSreport. Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization. August 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (12 November 2012). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "MPO Agency Notes" (PDF). TRANSreport. Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization. February 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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