Waban (MBTA station)

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WABAN
Outbound train at Waban station from Beacon Street, September 2015.JPG
Waban station in September 2015
Location Beacon Street at Waban Square
Newton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′33″N 71°13′50″W / 42.32583°N 71.23056°W / 42.32583; -71.23056Coordinates: 42°19′33″N 71°13′50″W / 42.32583°N 71.23056°W / 42.32583; -71.23056
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Line(s)
  Green Line "D" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Construction
Parking 74 spaces ($6.00 fee)
Bicycle facilities 12 spaces
History
Opened July 4, 1959[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2011 daily) 545[2]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Riverside
Green Line

Waban is a surface-level light rail station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line "D" Branch, located just south of Beacon Street at Waban Square in the Waban section of Newton, Massachusetts. The station is located below grade; access to both platforms is via Wyman Street on the outbound side of the tracks or a stairway from Beacon Street. Waban is not handicapped accessible, as the platforms have not been raised to interface with low-floor trams.

Station layout[edit]

G
Street/
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "D" Branch toward Riverside (Woodland)
Inbound "D" Branch toward Government Center (Eliot)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

History[edit]

Waban station on a 1907 postcard

Waban formerly boasted an H.H. Richardson-designed train station, like those still standing in Newton Highlands and Newton Center. The original station was completed in August 1886 as part of the Boston and Albany Railroad and was one of the last stations designed by Richardson before his death in April 1886.[3]

Waban closed along with the rest of the Highland Branch commuter rail line in 1958 and reopened on July 4, 1959 as part of the light rail D Branch. The H.H. Richardson station was demolished in order to build a 74-space parking lot.

The station has two MBTA ticket machines for reloading stored-value CharlieCards and buying CharlieTickets, as well one fare validation machine. All three are enclosed in a heated passenger shed near the center of the inbound platform.

On 28 May 2008, two westbound Green Line trains collided between Waban and Woodland, killing one person.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (26 December 2015). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2015" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl (June 1988). "Architecture for the Boston & Albany Railroad: 1881-1894". Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 47 (2). doi:10.2307/990324. JSTOR 990324. (subscription required (help)). 

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