West Natick station

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West Natick
Outbound train leaving West Natick station, May 2017.JPG
An outbound train leaving West Natick station in 2017
Location249 West Central Street
Natick, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°16′59″N 71°23′30″W / 42.2831°N 71.3918°W / 42.2831; -71.3918Coordinates: 42°16′59″N 71°23′30″W / 42.2831°N 71.3918°W / 42.2831; -71.3918
Owned byMBTA
Line(s)Worcester Line
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport MWRTA : 10, 11
Construction
Parking178 spaces ($4.00 fee)
4 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities5 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
OpenedAugust 23, 1982[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2018)944 (weekday average boardings)[2]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Framingham
toward Worcester
Framingham/​Worcester Line Natick Center

West Natick is a commuter rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line, located off West Central Street (MA-135) in Natick, Massachusetts. It was opened in 1982 as a park and ride station.

History[edit]

The demolished inbound mini-high platform in May 2017

The Boston and Albany Railroad opened through Natick in September 1834.[3] In the late 1800s, Walkerville station was briefly open at Speen Street, midway between Natick Center and the modern station site.[4][5]

On August 23, 1982, the MBTA opened West Natick station to ease demand at Natick and Framingham stations.[1] The $500,000 station included a 200-space park and ride lot. [3][6] The station should have been built accessible (state accessibility laws date from the 1970s, long before the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act), but it was not due to a budget shortfall. Accessible mini-high sections were installed around 1993.[7]

In early 2016, the mini-high accessible platforms were closed because the folding platform edges were deteriorated, risking a dangerous collapse like one that happened at North Billerica station in 2015.[8] The MBTA earmarked $4 million to replace them and brought a portable lift to the station to maintain accessibility.[9] The mini-high platforms were demolished in March 2017; new composite platforms opened that November.[8]

The adjacent Boden Lane bridge was closed on October 31, 2019, after it was damaged by brush-clearing equipment.[10] On November 5, MassDOT announced that the bridge would be permanently closed and replaced.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan. "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit.
  2. ^ Central Transportation Planning Staff (2019). "2018 Commuter Rail Counts". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
  3. ^ a b Humphrey, Thomas J.; Clark, Norton D. (1985). Boston's Commuter Rail: The First 150 Years. Boston Street Railway Association. pp. 21, 28. ISBN 9780685412947.
  4. ^ "Natick, Sherborn". Atlas of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. George H. Walker & Co. 1875 – via WardMaps.
  5. ^ "Natick". County Atlas of Middlesex Massachusetts. F.W. Beers. 1875 – via WardMaps.
  6. ^ 1982 Annual Report. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. p. 68 – via Internet Archive.
  7. ^ Iudica, Doreen E. (August 2, 1992). "Advocates push for train access". Boston Globe – via Newspapers.com.(second page) open access
  8. ^ a b Black, Sara (December 11, 2017). "Composites enable handicap-accessible train platforms". Composites World.
  9. ^ Coueignoux, Stephanie (March 21, 2016). "FOX25 Investigates wheelchair ramps boarded at Commuter Rail stations". FOX25. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Schwan, Henry (November 1, 2019). "No time frame for reopening of Boden Lane Bridge in Natick". Metrowest Daily News.
  11. ^ "Natick: Boden Lane Bridge to Remain Closed" (Press release). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. November 5, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to West Natick station at Wikimedia Commons