Stoughton station

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Stoughton
Stoughton station from crosswalk, April 2016.jpg
1888-built Stoughton station building in 2016
Location45 Wyman Street
Stoughton, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°7′27″N 71°5′58″W / 42.12417°N 71.09944°W / 42.12417; -71.09944Coordinates: 42°7′27″N 71°5′58″W / 42.12417°N 71.09944°W / 42.12417; -71.09944
Owned byMBTA
Line(s)Stoughton Branch
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsBus transport BAT: 14
Construction
Parking333 spaces ($4.00 fee)
10 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities6 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
Opened1845
Rebuilt1888
Previous namesStoughton Central (until November 1, 1896)[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2013)1,067 (weekday inbound average)[2]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Terminus Providence/​Stoughton Line Canton Center
North Easton South Coast Rail
Phase 2
2030 (proposed)
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
Stoughton Junction
toward Taunton
Stoughton Branch West Stoughton
Stoughton Railroad Station
Stoughton station is located in Massachusetts
Stoughton station
Stoughton station is located in the United States
Stoughton station
Coordinates42°7′27″N 71°5′58″W / 42.12417°N 71.09944°W / 42.12417; -71.09944
Arealess than one acre
Built1888
ArchitectCharles Brigham
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
NRHP reference #74000384[3]
Added to NRHPJanuary 21, 1974

Stoughton is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in downtown Stoughton, Massachusetts. It is the current terminus of the Stoughton Branch of the Providence/Stoughton Line. The station has a parking lot to serve local riders and those driving from further south, as Stoughton is close to the Massachusetts Route 24 expressway. Stoughton currently has one platform (split across Wyman Street) serving one track; the platform has a mini-high section for handicapped accessibility.

History[edit]

A Penn Central Budd RDC at Stoughton in 1971

The original station house was built in 1888 for the Old Colony Railroad and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since January 21, 1974.[3]

Plans[edit]

Stoughton station is proposed to be reconstructed as part of Phase 2 of the South Coast Rail project, which would extend the Stoughton Branch south to several South Coast cities in 2030.[4] A second track would be added through the station to support increased bidrectional service; the two new platforms would be located fully south of Wyman Street so that trains do not block the crossing.

Due to a sharp curve, full-length high-level platforms were originally thought not to be feasible; instead, each platform was to have a 45-foot-long mini-high platform at the southern end.[5]

Under newer plans, the tracks would be moved slightly west south of Wyman Street, so that full-length high-level platforms will be built a block south at Brock Street, connected with an overhead pedestrian bridge. A new parking area with nearly twice the number of spaces would be built; the old right-of-way and parking areas would be redeveloped.[6] The town of Stoughton opposes the plan because it would increase rail traffic though grade crossings in downtown Stoughton.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Warren (October 1928). "Dates of Some of the Principal Events in the History of 100 Years of the Railroad in New England. 1826-1926". Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin. Railway and Locomotive Historical Society. 17: 15–28. JSTOR 43504499.
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ a b Laidler, John (June 16, 2017). "Sharp differences over latest plan for South Coast Rail". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "Existing Stoughton Station / Proposed Construction" (PDF). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. July 1, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Figure 3.2-21 Stoughton Station Proposed Reconstruction" (PDF). Volume II: FEIS/FEIR Figures Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report on the South Coast Rail Project proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District. August 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Stoughton station at Wikimedia Commons