Belmont Center (MBTA station)

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BELMONT CENTER
Belmont Lions Club, Belmont MA.jpg
Belmont Center station building, now the Belmont Lions Club
Location Common St & Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
Coordinates 42°23′45.3″N 71°10′34.3″W / 42.395917°N 71.176194°W / 42.395917; -71.176194
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 74, 75, 72/75
Construction
Parking no spaces
Bicycle facilities 8 spaces
Other information
Fare zone 1
History
Opened 1852,[2] March 4, 1974[1]
Closed 1958[1]
Rebuilt c. 1879, c. 1908[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 168 (weekday inbound average)[4]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Fitchburg
Fitchburg Line
Belmont Railroad Station
Belmont Center (MBTA station) is located in Massachusetts
Belmont Center (MBTA station)
Location 1 Common St
Belmont, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′45″N 71°10′30″W / 42.39583°N 71.17500°W / 42.39583; -71.17500Coordinates: 42°23′45″N 71°10′30″W / 42.39583°N 71.17500°W / 42.39583; -71.17500
Area less than one acre
Built 1908
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman[5]
NRHP Reference # 98001443[5]
Added to NRHP December 4, 1998

Belmont Center is a passenger rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail's Fitchburg Line. It is located at the intersection of Common Street, Concord Avenue, and Leonard Street in Belmont, Massachusetts. The station is labeled Belmont on MBTA maps.[6]

History[edit]

The former Wellington Hill station building, now at the Belmont Historical Society

Wellington Hill station opened in 1852, with a former school building built the previous decade moved to the site for a depot.[2] A two-story wooden depot was built around 1879; the old station was moved and used as a summer house and an art studio at the Underwood Estate nearby. It was given to the Belmont Historical Society in 1975, and moved to its present location across the street from the modern station in 1980.[3]

To eliminate the busy grade crossing of Concord Avenue, the tracks through Belmont Center were raised in 1907. A massive two-story California Bungalow station was built from 365 tons of fieldstone quarried from Belmont Hill by a local farmer.[3] All service to Belmont Center and nearby Waverley ended in 1958.[1]

Service to Belmont Center and Waverley resumed on March 4, 1974. The Central Mass Branch had been discontinued in 1971, so all service was on the South Acton (now Fitchburg) Line.[1] Weekend service was discontinued at the two stops on January 30, 1981 as part of general cutbacks, but restored on December 6, 1993.[1]

The 1908-built station building, which is now owned and occupied by the Belmont Lions Club, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[5][3][7]

As part of budge cuts,[8] in 2015, the MBTA was considering an option to shutter the current Belmont Station[9] due to expenses related to costs for making Waverley station ADA-accessible.[10] Plans to combine both stations have been outlined in previous studies as early as 2005. Such works as Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Implementation Plan, released in September 2005 have considered this plan.[11]

Station layout[edit]

There are two low-level side platforms, the southern (inbound) one adjacent to the station building. The station has no high-level platforms or ramps and is therefore not handicapped accessible.

The station does not have a ticket office or ticket vending machines.

Bus connections[edit]

Two MBTA Bus routes serve Belmont Center on weekdays and Saturday:

  • 74 Belmont Center - Harvard Station via Concord Avenue
  • 75 Belmont Center - Harvard Station via Concord Avenue

On Sundays, the 72, 74, and 75 routes are combined into the 72/75 route, which runs on segments of all three routes from Harvard to Belmont.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Belcher, Jonathan (22 March 2014). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "What We Do". Belmont Historical Society. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 132. ISBN 9780942147087. 
  4. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "MBTA Commuter Rail Map". MBTA. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Belmont Lions Club". Town of Belmont. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  8. ^ TUCKER, FRANKLIN (February 29, 2012). "MBTA Cuts Will Go Deep Into Belmont". Belmont Patch. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ Berkowitz, Bram (September 17, 2015). "Belmont could be home to new MBTA station". Gatehouse Media, LLC. Wicked Local. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ TUCKER, FRANKLIN B. (September 16, 2015). "Belmont Could See One, Both MBTA Commuter Stations Closed In Favor of New Stop". The Belmontonian. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ "MBTA Commuter Rail Fitchburg Branch Improvements". Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Implementation Plan. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. September 2005. Archived from the original on 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

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