Winchester Center (MBTA station)
Winchester Center station in January 2013
|Location||29 Waterfield Road
Winchester, MA 01890
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||237 spaces (town permit required)
2 accessible spaces
|Bicycle facilities||27 spaces|
|Passengers (2013)||789 (weekday inbound average)|
Winchester Center is a passenger rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line, located on a viaduct in the downtown area of Winchester, Massachusetts. It is served by all Lowell Line trains, as well as a limited number of Haverhill Line trains which run via the Wildcat Branch.
Winchester Center station is not handicapped accessible, but the MBTA plans to renovate the station and add accessible high-level platforms beginning in 2017.
The Boston and Lowell Railroad opened between its namesake cities in 1835; local stops including Winchester were added soon after. By the 1840s, service on the line was suitable for commuting to Boston.
In 1955, the Boston and Maine Railroad began a project to raise the tracks of the New Hampshire Main and the southern end of the Woburn Branch for a mile through Winchester, eliminating troublesome grade crossings in the downtown area. Boxy two-story brick stations were opened at Wedgemere and Winchester Center in 1957.
Winchester Center station has not been substantially renovated since the viaduct was completed in 1957. In 2010, the MBTA patched parts of the platform with the intention to renovate the station before the 5-year life of the patches was over.
As of 2015[update], the MBTA is in the process of designing renovations to the station which will repair water damage and make it handicapped accessible. Plans include high-level platforms as well as canopies, improved ramps and walkways, and new signage. The station design was advanced to 15% in December 2011; Jacobs Engineering was then chosen as the contractor for final design in June 2012. Conceptual design will be finished in Q3 2015; design is expected to reach 30% by the end of 2015, 60% by Q2 2016, and 100% by the end of 2016. Construction contracts will be advertised in 2017.
On July 7, 2015, the Winchester Department of Public Works discovered a hole in the inbound platform, which prompted the closure of the northern 500 feet (150 m) of the platform and one ramp due to concrete deterioration. One ramp and the remaining section of the platform remain open for service. The MBTA plans to make temporary repairs before the end of the year.
One MBTA Bus route serves downtown Winchester:
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