Haverhill station (Massachusetts)
Haverhill Station in May 2012
|Location||Washington Street at Railroad Square
|Platforms||2 side platforms (1 temporarily closed)|
|Tracks||2 (1 temporarily closed)|
|Connections||MVRTA: 01, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 51, 73, 83|
|Parking||159 spaces ($4.00 daily)
6 accessible spaces
|Station code||HHL (Amtrak)|
|Opened||December 17, 1979|
|Passengers (FY2015)||34,857 (annual) (Amtrak)|
|Passengers (2013)||576 (weekday inbound average) (MBTA)|
Haverhill is an intercity and regional rail station located in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts. It is served by Amtrak's Downeaster service and the MBTA Commuter Rail Haverhill/Reading Line; it is the northern terminus of MBTA service.
Of the eleven Amtrak stations in Massachusetts, Haverhill was the sixth busiest in FY2015, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 100 passengers daily.
The Boston and Portland Railroad opened to Haverhill in 1840; it was merged into the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1840. A freight house was built soon after, and a second freight house in 1870; both structures (the earlier cut in half) are still extant. The B&M built a new passenger station in 1905 as part of a grade crossing elimination project; it was demolished in the 1960s.
On January 3, 1965, the B&M discontinued all intercity service past Haverhill; a single commuter round trip to Dover was retained. On June 30, 1967, that trip was curtailed to Haverhill; Haverhill and several towns to the south paid to retain the single trip. North Andover stopped funding in 1974 and Andover in 1975; Haverhill withdrew support and the trip was discontinued in June 1976. After a three-year period with no rail service, the current station opened on December 17, 1979 when the MBTA funded a return of several daily round trips.
Although the station has 2 tracks and platforms, the inbound track and platform are closed temporarily during reconstruction work on the nearby Merrimack River Bridge. All trains use the inbound track and platform as of September 2016[update].
Haverhill is one of two major hubs for MVRTA fixed-route local bus service. Nine routes run from the Washington Square Transit Center three blocks to the east:
- 01 Lawrence-Methuen-Haverhill
- 13 Main Street/North Avenue
- 14 Bradford/Ward Hill
- 15 Hilldale Avenue/Haverhill Commons
- 16 Washington Street/Westgate Plaza
- 18 Riverside
- 51 Haverhill-Amesbury
- 73 Haverhill (Special Employment Service)
- 83 Salisbury Beach/Hampton Beach
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