List of MBTA Commuter Rail stations
The MBTA Commuter Rail is the commuter rail system for the Greater Boston metropolitan area of Massachusetts. It is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and operated under contract by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). As of the first quarter of 2013, it was the sixth-busiest commuter rail system in the United States with an average weekday ridership of 127,500. There are currently 138 stations on 12 lines, with one additional station used only for special events at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The system's routes span the eastern third of Massachusetts and the northern half of Rhode Island. They stretch from Newburyport in the north to North Kingstown, Rhode Island in the south, and reach as far west as Worcester and Fitchburg. There are plans to expand the area covered by the Commuter Rail further into Rhode Island to the south as well as into New Hampshire to the north.
The system is split into two parts, with lines north of Boston having a terminus at North Station and lines south of Boston having a terminus at South Station. There is no direct connection between the two stations, but travel is made possible by transferring to the MBTA's subway system (although this requires an intermediate transfer at either Park Street or Downtown Crossing) or the 4 bus. This lack of direct connection could be alleviated by the proposed (but currently shelved) North–South Rail Link, which would build a tunnel connecting the two terminals.
Currently, there are several extensions of the Commuter Rail system under construction or in the planning stages. The extension of service from Providence further into Rhode Island opened to T. F. Green Airport in December 2010 and to Wickford Junction in April 2012. The Fairmount Line is undergoing a major rehabilitation that includes the construction of four new stations in Boston; the first three of these opened in November 2012 and July 2013. Planning work on the South Coast Rail project to restore service to Fall River and New Bedford is continuing with bridge work already started, and proposed extensions of commuter rail service to Nashua, New Hampshire via the Lowell Line and Plaistow, New Hampshire via the Haverhill Line are in the planning stages.
|Station||Indicates the MBTA's official name for the station. If the station is handicapped-accessible in some way, a wheelchair symbol appears next to the station name. (See MBTA accessibility for further details.)|
|Line||Indicates the lines that stop at the given station. A bold line designation indicates that the station is a terminus for that line.|
|Connections||Denotes any links to the MBTA's subway, streetcar, or bus rapid transit lines, to other busses, to Amtrak trains, or to the CapeFLYER at the station. Bus connections in italics indicate that the connecting service does not stop directly at the station, but rather a short distance away.|
|City/neighborhood||Identifies the municipality (or for Boston, the neighborhood) in which the station is located.|
|Fare zone||Identifies which of the eleven fare zones the station is in. The zones are 1A, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, with Zone 1A being the closest to North Station and South Station, and Zone 10 being the farthest.|
|Station info||A link to the station's information on http://mbta.com.|
The following stations are in design or under construction:
|Station||Line||Connections||City||Fare zone||Status||Planned opening||Refs|
|Blue Hill Avenue||MBTA Bus: 28, 29, 30, 31||Boston||1A||Under construction||2019|||
|Chelsea||MBTA Bus: 112, 114||Chelsea||1A||Planned (replacement for existing Chelsea station)||2019|||
|North Easton||—||North Easton/Stoughton||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
|Easton Village||—||North Easton||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
|East Taunton||—||East Taunton||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
|King's Highway||—||New Bedford||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
|Whale's Tooth||—||New Bedford||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
|Fall River||—||Fall River||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
|Battleship Cove||—||Fall River||TBA||Planning||TBA|||
Stations dropped upon start of MBTA subsidy
When the MBTA began to subsidise commuter rail services on a line (this happened at different times for different lines), service on the line often extended beyond the boundary of the MBTA's service district at the time; communities located outside the district could (if they wished) contract with the MBTA for continued commuter rail service to some or all of the stations located in the community in question. Most of the following stations were located in out-of-district communities that either did not contract for continued service, or else paid for service to some but not all of their stations; the remainder were stations in in-district communities which the MBTA decided to allow the railroad providing service to abandon. (Stations to which service was later resumed are not included.)
|Blackstone||Blackstone Line||Blackstone||April 24, 1966|
|Medway||West Medway Branch||Medway||April 24, 1966|
|West Medway||West Medway Branch||Medway||April 24, 1966|
|Ordway||Central Mass Branch||Hudson||January 18, 1965|
|Gleasondale||Central Mass Branch||Hudson||January 18, 1965|
|Hudson||Central Mass Branch||Hudson||January 18, 1965|
|Riverview||Fitchburg Line||Waltham||January 18, 1965|
|Walnut Hill||Lowell Line||Woburn||January 18, 1965|
|Silver Lake||Lowell Line||Wilmington||January 18, 1965|
|East Billerica||Lowell Line||Billerica||January 18, 1965|
|Wakefield Junction||Reading Line||Wakefield||January 18, 1965|
|Salem Street||Haverhill Line||Wilmington||June 30, 1967|
|Hampton||Portsmouth Line||Hampton, New Hampshire||January 4, 1965|
|North Hampton||Portsmouth Line||North Hampton, New Hampshire||January 4, 1965|
|Portsmouth||Portsmouth Line||Portsmouth, New Hampshire||January 4, 1965|
Stations dropped after the start of MBTA service
The following stations had MBTA-subsidised service at one point, but are no longer served by the MBTA:
- Bierman, Noah (January 6, 2010). "Commuter rail contractor wins extension". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Public Transit Ridership Report, First Quarter 2013" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- "Ridership and Service Statistics – Twelfth Edition 2009" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2009. p. 80. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules". MBTA.com. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Gelbwasser, Michael (September 11, 2009). "It'll be 'T' to Green". The Sun Chronicle. Attleboro, Massachusetts: United Communications Corporation. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Ireland, Doug (September 14, 2010). "Plaistow wants to get rail project on track". The Eagle-Tribune. North Andover, Massachusetts: Community Newspaper Holdings. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Capital Investment Program" (pdf). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. December 18, 2005. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- Welker, Grant (May 18, 2010). "Work on South Coast Rail set to begin in fall". Taunton Daily Gazette. Taunton, Massachusetts: GateHouse Media. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- Ward, Peter (February 12, 2005). "Lowell's Nashua rail plan on track". The Sun. Lowell, Massachusetts: MediaNews Group. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "Commuter Rail Fares & Passes". MBTA.com. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- "Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- Mortimer, Frank (September 30, 2010). "Not all aboard yet for MBTA stop near stadium". The Foxboro Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- "FMCB approves Blue Hill Avenue Station on the Fairmount Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
- Vaccaro, Adam (June 6, 2017). "Silver Line service to Chelsea to begin next spring". Boston Globe.
- "FAQs - South Coast Rail: What is the timeline for the project, and when will service start?". 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
- "SCR Station Map - South Coast Rail". 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
- Dungca, Nicole (September 30, 2014). "New transit station to connect Allston to downtown". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
- Belcher, Jonathan. "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit.