West Natick station
West Natick station in January 2015
|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 (2013)||1,121 (weekday inbound average)|
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.
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.
West Natick is directly served by two MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) bus routes:
- Route 10
- Route 11
Three numbered routes, all five commuter shuttles, and the Boston Hospital Shuttle serve MWRTA's Waverly Hub, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the west of the station.
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