Manchester (MBTA station)
An outbound train at Manchester station in 2014
|Location||40 Beach Street
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||71 spaces (free)
6 accessible spaces
|Bicycle facilities||7 spaces|
|Passengers (2013)||307 (weekday inbound average)|
Manchester is a commuter rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Newburyport/Rockport Line, located in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Although the official name is 'Manchester', the station is signed as "Manchester by the Sea'.
The Gloucester Branch opened from Beverly to Manchester in August 1847. It was extended to Gloucester in December 1847, and Rockport in November 1861. 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.
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.
- "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
- Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. pp. 264–265. ISBN 0942147022.
- Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780942147087.
- Belcher, Jonathan (22 March 2014). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- Media related to Manchester (MBTA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- MBTA - Manchester
- Station from Google Maps Street View
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