Kingston/Route 3 (MBTA station)
Kingston/Route 3 station in January 2013
|Location||194 Marion Drive
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Parking||1,039 spaces ($4.00 fee)
25 accessible spaces
|Opened||September 29, 1997|
|Passengers (2013)||683 (weekday inbound boardings)|
Kingston/Route 3 (often abbreviated as Kingston) is a passenger rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Plymouth/Kingston Line, located of Massachusetts Route 3 south of downtown Kingston, Massachusetts. It opened in 1997 during the restoration of Old Colony Lines service. Like all stations on the Old Colony Lines, Kingston/Route 3 station is fully handicapped accessible.
Kingston/Route 3 station was built to provide a park and ride station for Route 3 so that traffic to the station would not go through downtown Kingston. A completely new right of way – the first new section of mainline rail in the state since the Needham Cutoff in 1906 – was constructed along Route 3 and through unused land. The spur passes under the Route 3 / 3A interchange in a lengthy tunnel. A layover yard for Plymouth/Kingston Line service is located just past the station. Peak service began to Kingston/Route 3 on September 29, 1997, with off-peak and weekend service beginning on November 29.
The fork at the end of the line creates operational issues – a single train cannot serve both terminal stations efficiently. Three daily trips run to both Kingston and Plymouth sequentially, which doubles travel time from Kingston to Boston during much of the day (Kingston is first on all weekday and one weekend trip). Between Kingston and Plymouth, the train is simultaneously acting as an inbound train (from the first station to Boston) and an outbound train (from Boston to the second station). Keolis and the MBTA planned to address the unusual routing during schedule changes in late 2015.
The station consists of a single side platform serving the single track. Marion Drive, the access road for the station parking lot, crosses the line at grade just east of the platform. The Kingston layover yard is located just west of the station.
- Marshfield/Duxbury/Kingston (SAIL)
- Plymouth Area Link
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