West Roxbury (MBTA station)

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WEST ROXBURY
West Roxbury MBTA station.JPG
West Roxbury station platform looking outbound
Location 450 Lagrange Street
West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°16′54″N 71°09′36″W / 42.2816°N 71.159932°W / 42.2816; -71.159932Coordinates: 42°16′54″N 71°09′36″W / 42.2816°N 71.159932°W / 42.2816; -71.159932
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Parking 175 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
History
Opened June 3, 1850
Rebuilt 1979-1987
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 409 (weekday inbound average)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Needham Line
  Former services  
toward Millis
Millis Branch
Closed 1967

West Roxbury is a commuter rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Needham Line, located on an embankment above Lagrange Street in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The station is handicapped accessible with a short mini-high platform on the outbound end of the main platform.

History[edit]

West Roxbury station shown on an early-20th-century postcard

The Boston and Providence Railroad (B&P) opened a branch line from Forest Hills to Dedham (where it connected with the B&P's preexisting branch to Dedham via Readville) via West Roxbury on June 3, 1850. South Street (Roslindale), Central (Bellevue), West Roxbury, and Spring Street stations all opened with the branch.[2] The New Haven Railroad, successor to the B&P, opened the Needham Cutoff on November 4, 1906 from West Roxbury to Needham Junction, allowing trains from the former New York and New England Railroad to reach Boston without needing to use the Boston and Albany Railroad's Highland Branch.[2] Service to Dedham via West Roxbury ended in 1940, leaving West Roxbury an intermediate station on the commuter lines to Needham and West Medway.[2]

The entire Needham line was closed from 1979 to 1987 while the Southwest Corridor was reconstructed. During that time, all the stations were renovated for handicapped accessibility.[3]

Bus connections[edit]

A route 37 bus at West Roxbury station

West Roxbury station is served by three MBTA Bus routes:

  • 35: Dedham Mall/Stimson Street - Forest Hills Station via Belgrade Avenue & Centre Street
  • 36: Charles River Loop or V.A. Hospital - Forest Hills Station via Belgrade Avenue & Centre Street
  • 37: Baker & Vermont Streets - Forest Hills Station via Belgrade Avenue & Centre Street

Route 37 runs on Lagrange Street adjacent to the station entrances; routes 35 and 36 run on Centre Street about 500 feet (150 m) to the southeast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Humphrey, Thomas J.; Clark, Norton D. (1985). Boston's Commuter Rail: The First 150 Years. Boston Street Railway Association. pp. 21–24, 29, 43–46. ISBN 9780685412947. 
  3. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (September 30, 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. 

External links[edit]

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