Anderson Regional Transportation Center

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Anderson RTC
Anderson Regional Transportation Center.jpg
Anderson RTC, January 2011
General information
Location100 Atlantic Avenue
Woburn, Massachusetts
United States
Coordinates42°31′03″N 71°08′38″W / 42.5174°N 71.144°W / 42.5174; -71.144Coordinates: 42°31′03″N 71°08′38″W / 42.5174°N 71.144°W / 42.5174; -71.144
Owned byMassport
Line(s)New Hampshire Main Line
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Logan Express
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: WOB
Fare zone2 (MBTA)
OpenedApril 8, 2001 (bus)[1]
April 28, 2001 (rail)[2]
20181,296 (weekday average boardings)[3] (MBTA)
FY201913,702 annually[4] (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Brunswick
Downeaster Boston North
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
toward Lowell
Lowell Line Mishawum
toward Haverhill
Haverhill Line
(limited service)
Winchester Center
Former services (South Wilmington station)
Preceding station Boston and Maine Railroad Following station
Wilmington Boston – Concord, NH Mishawum
toward Boston

Anderson Regional Transportation Center (RTC) (noted on MBTA schedules and maps as Anderson/Woburn, and on Amtrak schedules and maps as Woburn–Anderson) is a train and bus station located at 100 Atlantic Avenue, off Commerce Way, in Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. It can be accessed from Exit 30 off Interstate 93 or Exit 54 (Washington Street) from southbound Interstate 95/Route 128.

It opened on April 28, 2001, replacing nearby Mishawum as Woburn's main Amtrak and MBTA station. It was named in memory of James R. "Jimmy" Anderson (1968–1981), whose death led to the Woburn Wells court case (Anderson v. Cryovac) chronicled in the book, and film, A Civil Action.[5]


An outbound MBTA commuter train departing from Anderson RTC.

A station at South Wilmington was open until June 14, 1959.[6]

The station and the surrounding commercial-industrial area was redeveloped from the Industri-Plex Superfund site.[7][8] The site is a former chemical and glue manufacturing facility. Industri-Plex was used for manufacturing chemicals such as lead-arsenic insecticides, acetic acid, and sulfuric acid for local textile, leather, and paper manufacturing industries from 1853 to 1931. Chemicals manufactured by other industries at the site include phenol, benzene, and toluene. Industri-Plex was also used to manufacture glue from raw animal hide and chrome-tanned hide wastes from 1934 to 1969. The by-products and residues from these industries caused the soils within the site to become contaminated with elevated levels of metals, such as arsenic, lead, and chrome. During the 1970s, the site was redeveloped for industrial use. Excavations uncovered and mixed industrial by-products and wastes accumulated over 130 years. During this period, residues from animal hide wastes used in the manufacture of glue were relocated on-site from buried pits to piles near swampy areas on the property. Many of the animal hide piles and lagoons on-site were leaching toxic metals into the environment. In the 1980s, the site contained streams and ponds, a warehouse and office buildings, remnant manufacturing buildings, and hide waste deposits buried on the site.[9] The site was cleaned up using the capping technique, in which an impermeable layer seals the top of the hazardous waste site, preventing further pollution.

The station was originally to be called MetroNorth Center after the surrounding development.[10] A groundbreaking ceremony for the station was held in April 2000.[11] In October 2006, the MBTA added four short turn round trips that terminated at Anderson RTC.[12] By 2012, the parking lot was still underused.[12] In June 2022, the MBTA indicated it was considering improvements to a siding in Woburn, which would allow 30-minute headways between Boston and Anderson/Woburn by 2024.[13]


A Logan Express bus leaving the station in 2015

Massport operates Logan Express bus service from the station directly to Logan Airport terminals, with service on hourly or half-hourly headways except late at night. Logan Express service moved from Mishawum to Anderson RTC on April 8, 2001, three weeks ahead of rail service.[1] The move doubled Logan Express parking available in Woburn from 450 spaces to 900.[14]

Several other connecting services have previously been run. Beginning in June 2005, the Route 128 Business Council ran a "Metro North Shuttle" from the station to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and a business center in Woburn. The service was discontinued in July 2006 due to poor ridership and a loss of state funding.[2] In November 2006, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport began a shuttle service between the airport and Anderson station, free to ticketed airline passengers. The shuttle, part of a strategy to expand Manchester's visibility as a less crowded alternative to Logan Airport, was replaced with a non-free private shuttle to downtown Boston at the end of June 2008.[15][16]

There are separate parking lots for overnight parking and for commuter rail (day-only) parking. The overnight lot is intended for airport and Amtrak customers and is more expensive. The Massport lot has 875 spaces and the MBTA lot has 1,500 spaces.


  1. ^ a b "Woburn Logan Express Service Moves To New Anderson Regional Transportation Center" (Press release). Massachusetts Port Authority. April 3, 2001.
  2. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan. "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). Boston Street Railway Association.
  3. ^ Central Transportation Planning Staff (2019). "2018 Commuter Rail Counts". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2019: Commonwealth of Massachusetts" (PDF). Amtrak. May 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "Anderson v. W.R. Grace". Seattle University School of Law. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Cities, Towns, Labor Officials Protest State O.K. of B&M Cutbacks". Boston Globe. May 13, 1959. p. 6 – via
  7. ^ "Review Recent Publications and Articles About the Industri-plex Project". Greenfield Environmental Trust Group. Archived from the original on 2007-05-31.
  8. ^ "MetroNorth: Digging up the Region's Most Challenging Projects". Archived from the original on 2011-10-09.
  9. ^ "Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England: Industri-Plex". Environmental Protection Agency.
  10. ^ Cole, Caroline Louise (January 4, 1998). "Haverhill sees train station as downtown 'centerpiece'". Boston Globe. p. 68 – via open access
  11. ^ Palmer, Thomas C., Jr. (April 24, 2000). "Ground covered, then broken, for Woburn transportation center". Boston Globe. p. 22 – via open access
  12. ^ a b "Still plenty of parking at the Anderson lot in Woburn". Boston Globe. March 4, 2012. p. B3 – via open access
  13. ^ Sawers, Alistar (June 23, 2022). "Regional Rail Transformation Update: Traction Power Planning for Regional and Urban Rail Services" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. p. 17.
  14. ^ Palmer, Thomas C., Jr. (March 19, 2001). "A sign of success for Logan Express – full parking lots". Boston Globe. p. B3 – via
  15. ^ "Manchester Shuttle". Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07.
  16. ^ "Manchester Shuttle Pilot Program Proves Successful! Private Ground Transportation Company to Offer High Frequency, Affordable Service to Northern Massachusetts and Boston" (Press release). Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. June 18, 2008. Archived from the original on July 16, 2008.

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