Manchester station (MBTA)

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MBTA 1636 at Manchester station, May 2014.JPG
An outbound train at Manchester station in 2014
Location 40 Beach Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°34′26″N 70°46′09″W / 42.5740°N 70.7691°W / 42.5740; -70.7691Coordinates: 42°34′26″N 70°46′09″W / 42.5740°N 70.7691°W / 42.5740; -70.7691
Owned by MBTA
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Construction
Parking 71 spaces (free)
6 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities 7 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 6
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 307 (weekday inbound average)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Newburyport/Rockport Line
toward Rockport

Manchester is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Located in Downtown Manchester, it serves the Newburyport/Rockport Line. Although the official name is "Manchester", the station is signed as "Manchester by the Sea".

A small parking area is provided for local commuters. The station is fully handicapped accessible, with mini-high platforms at the outbound end of the platform.[1]

History[edit]

A 1909 postcard of the 1895-built depot

The Gloucester Branch opened from Beverly to Manchester in August 1847. It was extended to Gloucester station in December 1847, and to Rockport in November 1861.[2] The line later passed to the Eastern Railroad, which itself was absorbed by the Boston and Maine Railroad.

The original passenger station was replaced by a newer station in 1895. Neither survive, but the original freight house is present and used as a community center.[3]

When the MBTA was formed in August 1964 to subsidize suburban commuter service, Manchester was the northeast limit of its funding district. On January 18, 1965, the Boston & Maine cut Gloucester Branch service back to Manchester. After Gloucester and Rockport reached funding deals to subsidize out-of-district operations, full service was returned to Rockport on June 28, 1965.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. pp. 264–265. ISBN 0942147022. 
  3. ^ Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780942147087. 
  4. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (22 March 2014). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 

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