Union Station (Worcester, Massachusetts)
|Worcester Union Station
Amtrak inter-city rail station
MBTA commuter rail station
|Address||34 Washington Square
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Greyhound Bus Lines
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Tracks||3 (2 bypass the platform)|
|Parking||Yes, 500 spaces|
|Owned by||Worcester Redevelopment Authority|
|Passengers (2013)||9,552 7.3% (Amtrak)|
Worcester Union Station
|Architect||Watson & Huckel|
|Architectural style||Beaux Arts|
|NRHP Reference #||80000617|
|Added to NRHP||1980|
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. 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 23 passengers daily in fiscal year 2011. By 2015, Springfield will feature one of the United States' first two high-speed train terminals; currently, there is talk about extending the service to Worcester and points east.
Union Station's facilities include:
- Western terminus of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line, with inbound service to Back Bay and South Station in Boston
- A stop on Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited Boston section to/from Albany, New York with connections to Chicago (formerly also the Regional's Inland Route)
- Intercity (Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound Bus Lines) and local Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) bus service
- Staffed ticket windows, small concession and vending area, restrooms, enclosed well-lit waiting area
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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
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. Few actually choose to use the new garage due to its high rates and most seek alternative options in the area.
Worcester Regional Transit Authority
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.
Nearby Worcester attractions
- Mechanics Hall, a concert hall listed among top 12 in Europe and America, top 4 in America
- DCU Center
- Worcester Art Museum
- The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
- Worcester Historical Museum
- 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.
- North Station, proposed extension of the Fitchburg Line may link Worcester.
- Springfield Union Station (Massachusetts)
- High-speed rail in Canada, Montreal–Boston.
- Northern New England Corridor, rough outline of the proposed Montreal–Boston
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, Commonwealth of Massachusetts" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Worcester County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
- Worcester, MA - Union Station/Washington Square Project
- "Groundbreaking Ceremony for WRTA Transportation Hub". Worcester Regional Transit Authority Homepage. Worcester Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- Bock, Linda (April 4, 2012). "New WRTA hub, maintenance garage in the wind". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- 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."
- Amtrak – Stations – Worcester, MA
- MBTA - Worcester Union Station
- Worcester Union Station, Great American Stations
- Union Station/Washington Square Project
- Worcester Union Station (USA RailGuide — TrainWeb)
- Station Building from Google Maps Street View
- Station from I-290 from Google Maps Street View
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