Waverley station (MBTA)

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Waverly MBTA Station, Belmont MA.jpg
Waverley station viewed from Trapelo Road in 2010
Location525 Trapelo Road, Belmont, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′16.22″N71°11′24.64″W / 42.3878389°N 71.1901778°W / 42.3878389; -71.1901778 Coordinates: 42°23′16.22″N71°11′24.64″W / 42.3878389°N 71.1901778°W / 42.3878389; -71.1901778
Platforms2 side platforms
Connections Aiga bus trans.svg MBTA Bus: 73, 554
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened1860 [1]
March 4, 1974 [2]
Closed1958 [2]
Rebuilt1952 [1]
Passengers (2013)117 (weekday inbound average) [3]
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
toward Wachusett
Fitchburg Line Belmont Center

Waverley is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Belmont, Massachusetts. It serves the Fitchburg Line. It is located below grade in Waverley Square in the triangle of Trapelo Road, Lexington Street, and Church Street in western Belmont.

MBTA Commuter Rail Greater Boston rail system

The MBTA Commuter Rail system serves as the commuter rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's transportation coverage of Greater Boston in the United States. Trains run over 398 miles of track to 141 different stations, with 58 stations on the north side with the remaining 83 stations on the south. It is operated under contract by Keolis, which took over operations on July 1, 2014 from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR).

Belmont, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Belmont is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is a western suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, United States; and is part of the greater Boston metropolitan area. Its population was 26,330 as of July 1, 2018.

Fitchburg Line branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail

The Fitchburg Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system which runs from Boston's North Station to Wachusett station in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The line is along the tracks of the former Fitchburg Railroad, which was built across northern Massachusetts, United States, in the 1840s. It is one of the MBTA's more scenic commuter rail lines, passing by Walden Pond between Lincoln and Concord. Weekend service includes a specially equipped seasonal "ski train" to Wachusett Mountain during the winter.



Ex-Fitchburg Railroad station at left and ex-Central Massachusetts Railroad station at right around 1905. By this time, both railroads and stations were under control of the Boston & Maine Railroad. Waverly stations postcard.jpg
Ex-Fitchburg Railroad station at left and ex-Central Massachusetts Railroad station at right around 1905. By this time, both railroads and stations were under control of the Boston & Maine Railroad.

The Fitchburg Railroad opened through Belmont on December 20, 1843, but no station stop at Waverly Square existed until about 1860. The original station was at grade; it was depressed in 1952, at which time Central Mass Branch trains were moved from their parallel tracks onto the Fitchburg main. [1] All service to Waverley and nearby Belmont Center station ended in 1958. [2]

Fitchburg Railroad transport company

The Fitchburg Railroad is a former railroad company, which built a railroad line across northern Massachusetts, United States, leading to and through the Hoosac Tunnel. The Fitchburg was leased to the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1900. The main line from Boston to Fitchburg is now operated as the MBTA Fitchburg Line; Pan Am Railways runs freight service on some other portions.

Central Massachusetts Railroad Former railroad in Massachusetts

The Central Massachusetts Railroad was a railroad in Massachusetts. The eastern terminus of the line was at North Cambridge Junction where it split off from the Middlesex Central Branch of the Boston and Lowell Railroad in North Cambridge and through which it had access to North Station in Boston. From there, the route ran 98.77 miles west through the modern-day towns of Belmont, Waltham, Weston, Wayland, Sudbury, Hudson, Bolton, Berlin, Clinton, West Boylston, Holden, Rutland, Oakham, Barre, New Braintree, Hardwick, Ware, Palmer, Belchertown, Amherst, and Hadley to its western terminal junction at N. O. Tower in Northampton with the Connecticut River Railroad.

Belmont Center station Railway station in Belmont, Massachusetts

Belmont Center is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Belmont, Massachusetts. It serves the Fitchburg Line. It is situated at the intersection of Common Street, Concord Avenue, and Leonard Street adjacent to Belmont's town center. It is one of two railroad stations located in Belmont, the other being Waverley station located in Waverley Square.

Service to Belmont Center and Waverley resumed on March 4, 1974. The Central Mass Branch had been discontinued in 1971, so all service was on the South Acton (now Fitchburg) Line. [2] Weekend service was discontinued at the two stops on January 30, 1981 as part of general cutbacks, but restored on December 6, 1993. [2]

As part of budget cuts, [4] in 2015, the MBTA was considering an option to shutter the current Waverley station and/or Belmont Station(s) [5] due to expenses related to costs for making Waverley ADA-accessible. [6] [7] Plans to combine both stations have been outlined in previous studies as early as 2005. Such works as the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Implementation Plan, released in September 2005 have considered this plan. [8] Other past proposals for altering the station, and in the process raising revenue have included building above the trench style station with a five-story mixed retail and residential development. [9]

Bus connections

Two MBTA Bus routes terminate at Waverley Square:

Harvard station MBTA subway station

Harvard is a rapid transit and bus transfer station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Located at Harvard Square, it serves the MBTA's Red Line subway system as well as MBTA Buses. Harvard averaged 23,199 entries each weekday in 2013, making it the third-busiest MBTA station and the busiest outside the four downtown "hub" stations. Only Downtown Crossing and South Station handled more passengers. It is also an important transfer point, with subway, bus, and trackless trolley (trolleybus) service all connecting at the station. Five of the fifteen key MBTA bus routes, with one extended late-night service, stop at the station.

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