West Medford (MBTA station)

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WEST MEDFORD
West Medford MBTA Station.jpg
An outbound train arrives at the station
Location 481 High Street
Medford, MA 02155-6735
Coordinates 42°25′18″N 71°08′00″W / 42.4218°N 71.13332°W / 42.4218; -71.13332Coordinates: 42°25′18″N 71°08′00″W / 42.4218°N 71.13332°W / 42.4218; -71.13332
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 80, 94, 95, 326
Construction
Parking 30 Spaces
Other information
Fare zone 1A
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 819 (weekday inbound average)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Terminus
Lowell Line
toward Lowell
Haverhill Line
rush hours only
toward Haverhill

West Medford is a regional rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line, located at West Medford Square in Medford, Massachusetts. West Medford station is not handicapped accessible.

History[edit]

West Medford station in 1909

When the original Boston and Lowell Railroad was laid out in the 1830s, West Medford was mostly farmland. The route of the new railroad (one of the oldest railroads in North America) was built on land acquired from Peter Chardon Brooks, who sold a strip for the right-of-way plus a parcel for the station on High Street. The initial stop was called "Medford Gates"; it gave birth to West Medford Square and, eventually, the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

The depot structure built in 1880 was destroyed by a fire in 1950. The finial from the roof of the station now resides today at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Bus connections[edit]

Three MBTA Bus routes - two local routes and one express - stop directly on High Street (MA-60) at West Medford station:

One additional route stops on Boston Avenue two blocks to the southwest:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 

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