Lowell (MBTA station)
Gallagher Transit Terminal from the garage roof in 2012
|Location||101 Thorndike Street
|Owned by||Lowell Regional Transit Authority|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections|| LRTA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
|Parking||695 spaces ($5.00 fee)
7 accessible spaces
|Bicycle facilities||18 spaces|
|Fare zone||6 (MBTA)|
|Passengers (2013)||1,770 (weekday average boardings)|
Lowell is a commuter rail station and northern terminus of the MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line, located off Thorndike Street (MA-3A) near the end of the Lowell Connector south of downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. The station forms part of the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal, which also incorporates the Robert B. Kennedy Bus Transfer Center, named for local politician Robert B. Kennedy. It is a major park-and-ride station for the commuter rail system, serving commuters from Lowell, northern Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire. The Kennedy Bus Transfer Center is the transfer point for all Lowell Regional Transit Authority local bus routes and several intercity bus routes by other operators.
Terminal and services
Lowell station is located at the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal (aka Gallagher Transit Terminal, or simply Gallagher Station to many locals), an intermodal transit center, at 101 Thorndike Street (MA 3A) at the edge of Downtown Lowell. The station is the northern terminus of the MBTA Lowell Line providing train service to and from Boston. The Kennedy Bus Transfer Center is also located at the terminal for local and long bus service.
The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) operates local bus service based at the Kennedy Center. Peter Pan Bus Lines provides intercity bus service, with one round trip per day on its Concord, New Hampshire - Foxwoods Casino line, with connections in Worcester to other routes.
Passengers access the train platform from the lobby by way of a bridge over the tracks.
The Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal opened in 1983. Previously, this area had held a depot for the Boston and Lowell Railroad. To the east, Lowell had also been the location of a former Lowell and Andover Railroad, built by the Boston and Maine Railroad, station on Central and Green Streets known as Central Street Station, which is no longer in use. In 2005, the Robert B. Kennedy Bus Transfer Center opened at the Gallagher Terminal as a new hub for all LRTA bus routes.
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