Fitchburg (MBTA station)

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FITCHBURG
Fitchburg MBTA station, December 2013.JPG
Fitchburg station in December 2013
Location 100 Main Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°34′51″N 71°47′33″W / 42.5808°N 71.7926°W / 42.5808; -71.7926Coordinates: 42°34′51″N 71°47′33″W / 42.5808°N 71.7926°W / 42.5808; -71.7926
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Connections Bus transport MART: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, MWCC/Commuter Rail Bus, Boston Shuttle, Worcester Shuttle
Bus transport MAX Express[1]
Construction
Parking 400 spaces ($3.00 fee)
6 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities 20 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 8
History
Opened January 13, 1980
Rebuilt May 15, 2000
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 518 (weekday inbound average)[2]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Terminus
Fitchburg Line

The Fitchburg Intermodal Transportation Center is a regional rail and bus station located in downtown Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It is a stop on the MBTA Commuter Rail Fitchburg Line and a hub for Montachusett Regional Transit Authority local and intercity bus routes.

History[edit]

An MBTA train at Fitchburg in 1980

After having closed on January 18, 1965 due to lapsed subsidies, Fitchburg reopened on January 13, 1980 as part of an extension of the line from South Acton to Gardner.[3] Fitchburg was the outer terminus of Fitchburg Line service from the closure of Gardner in early 1987 to the opening of Wachusett in September 2016.

The still-extant 1980 station - a short stretch of bare asphalt - was replaced by the Fitchburg Intermodal Transportation Center on May 15, 2000. The new facility added a handicapped-accessible platform, waiting rooms, bus bays, and a larger parking lot.[4] In June 2005, most of the surface parking was replaced with a 400-space parking garage.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Ground level Freight track
Freight track
Commuter rail Fitchburg Line
Side platform, doors will open on the left, right

Connecting service[edit]

The bus bays, waiting room, and commuter rail platform seen from the garage roof

Fitchburg is a major hub for the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority, serving local and intercity routes:

  • 1 Intermodal Center-Kmart-Monument Square-The Mall at Whitney Field-Kings Corner
  • 2 Intermodal/Monument Square Via Rte 12
  • 3 Intermodal Center-Kings Corner-Mall at Whitney Field- Monument Square-Kmart
  • 4 Intermodal Center-Fitchburg State University
  • 5 Intermodal Center/Parkhill Plaza
  • 6 Intermodal Center/Burbank/Fitchburg High School
  • 7 Intermodal Center/John Fitch Plaza/Lunenburg Crossing
  • 11 Intermodal Center/Waites Corner/Monty Tech
  • MWCC/Commuter Rail Bus
  • Boston Shuttle
  • Worcester Shuttle

MAX Express provides intercity bus service from Boston to Brattleboro, Vermont via Fitchburg and other intermediate stops.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MAX Service Schedules". TrueNorth Transit Group. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  3. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (23 March 2013). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Prescott, Michael R. (11 October 2009). Boston Transit Equipment 1979-2009. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 52. ISBN 9780938315063. 
  5. ^ Hill, Mary Jo (November 28, 2007). "Rail parking lot to get decks". Worcester Telegram. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 

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