West Natick station
An outbound train leaving West Natick station in 2017
|Location||249 West Central Street|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||MWRTA : 10, 11|
|Parking||178 spaces ($4.00 fee)|
4 accessible spaces
|Bicycle facilities||5 spaces|
|Opened||August 23, 1982|
|Passengers (2018)||944 (weekday average boardings)|
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.
The Boston and Albany Railroad opened through Natick in September 1834. In the late 1800s, Walkerville station was briefly open at Speen Street, midway between Natick Center and the modern station site.
On August 23, 1982, the MBTA opened West Natick station to ease demand at Natick and Framingham stations. The $500,000 station included a 200-space park and ride lot.  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.
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. The MBTA earmarked $4 million to replace them and brought a portable lift to the station to maintain accessibility. The mini-high platforms were demolished in March 2017; new composite platforms opened that November.
The adjacent Boden Lane bridge was closed on October 31, 2019, after it was damaged by brush-clearing equipment. On November 5, MassDOT announced that the bridge would be permanently closed and replaced.
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- "Natick: Boden Lane Bridge to Remain Closed" (Press release). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. November 5, 2019.
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