West Natick station

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West Natick
West Natick station facing east, January 2015.JPG
West Natick station in January 2015
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 (2013)1,121 (weekday inbound average)[2]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Worcester
Framingham/​Worcester Line

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 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]

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.[7] The MBTA earmarked $4 million to replace them and brought a portable lift to the station to maintain accessibility.[8] The mini-high platforms were demolished in March 2017; new composite platforms opened that November.[7]

Bus connections[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan. "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit.
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  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. ^ a b Black, Sara (December 11, 2017). "Composites enable handicap-accessible train platforms". Composites World.
  8. ^ Coueignoux, Stephanie (March 21, 2016). "FOX25 Investigates wheelchair ramps boarded at Commuter Rail stations". FOX25. Retrieved April 1, 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to West Natick (MBTA station) at Wikimedia Commons