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Encyclopedia > MBTA commuter rail
MBTA Commuter Rail
Image:Mbta-logo.jpg
Reporting marks MBTX
Locale Boston
Years of operation 1974 – present
Track gauge 4 ft 8.5 in (1435 mm)
Headquarters Boston, MA

The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The line's characteristic purple-trimmed coaches run as far south as Providence, Rhode Island and as far north as Newburyport. Due to this coloring, locals occasionally call it the Purple Line to match the colored subway lines. The trains have two terminal stops in Boston, South Station and North Station. Both of these stations link with Amtrak and the local bus and subway lines. (See Boston transportation). This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The following are reporting marks assigned by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to rail carriers operating in North America and the companies (railroads and rail equipment owners/operators) to which they were assigned. ... Alternative meanings: Boston (disambiguation) The 18th-century Old State House in Boston is surrounded by tall buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Rail gauge is the distance between two rails of a railroad. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... Motto: What Cheer Nickname: Beehive of Industry Location in Rhode Island Founded  -Incorporated 1636  1832 County Providence County Mayor David N. Cicilline (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 53. ... Newburyport is a small coastal city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... This article describes subways as mass transit lines. ... The term Terminal can be used in several way and includes various topics: Usually terminal means forming or pertaining to an end. ... South Station front entrance. ... Platforms at North Station North Station, located at Causeway and Nashua Streets, in Boston, Massachusetts is a major transportation hub. ... Amtrak is the trademark name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ... Roads Bostons streets may seem as though they were not planned -- a common fiction is that they evolved from old cowpaths -- but in the 1600s they avoided swamps and marshes and followed shorelines before the original peninsula comprising the city was expanded with landfill in the nineteenth century. ...

MBTA Commuter Rail Lines
MBTA Commuter Rail Lines

The seven lines of the Commuter Rail leaving from South Station are, from southeast to west: Image File history File links MBTA Commuter Rail This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links MBTA Commuter Rail This work is copyrighted. ... South Station front entrance. ...

Trains run to Foxboro for special events at Gillette Stadium via a spur off the Attleboro/Stoughton Line. Plymouth is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Kingston is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Middleborough is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Lakeville is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... The Fairmount Line or Dorchester Branch is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Except for a short portion in Milton, it lies entirely within Boston, passing through the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Hyde Park. ... The Attleboro/Stoughton Line is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system running southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The main line was originally built by the Boston and Providence Railroad, and now carries service during the week between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, and weekend service to South Attleboro. ... Stoughton (Official Name: Town of Stoughton) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Motto: What Cheer Nickname: Beehive of Industry Location in Rhode Island Founded  -Incorporated 1636  1832 County Providence County Mayor David N. Cicilline (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 53. ... State nickname: The Ocean State, Little Rhody Other U.S. States Capital Providence Largest city Providence Governor Donald Carcieri Official languages None Area 4,005 km² (50th)  - Land 2,709 km²  - Water 1,296 km² (32. ... Needham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... The Boston and Albany Railroad (AAR reporting mark BA) was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Albany, New York, later becoming part of the New York Central Railroad system. ... Nickname: The Heart of the Commonwealth, The City of Seven Hills Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded 1673 Charter {{{Charter}}} Incorparated {{{Incorparated}}} County Worcester County Mayor Timothy P. Murray (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 99. ... Foxborough (or Foxboro) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Boston. ... Gillette Stadium is the home stadium for the New England Patriots football team and the New England Revolution soccer team. ...


The four lines of the Commuter Rail leaving from North Station are, from west to northeast: Platforms at North Station North Station, located at Causeway and Nashua Streets, in Boston, Massachusetts is a major transportation hub. ...

An MBTA Commuter Rail GP40MC locomotive at Porter Square
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An MBTA Commuter Rail GP40MC locomotive at Porter Square

MBTA commuter rail service from both stations is provided by push-pull trains powered by diesel locomotives. (This is true even though some of the lines run on the electrified Northeast Corridor.) EMD F40PH locomotives and double-level passenger cars are typically used for trains that originate from South Station with EMD GP40MC locomotives and single-level passenger cars used from North Station. No direct connection exists between the two stations and there are no current plans to remedy this deficit; passengers wishing to travel from one station to the other must use the MBTA subways and change subway trains at either Park Street or Downtown Crossing stations. See also North-South Rail Link. The Fitchburg Railroad (AAR reporting mark FBRG) was a railroad across northern Massachusetts, USA, leading to and through the Hoosac Tunnel. ... The L.J. Brown Block, Main Street, Fitchburg, circa 1885, from a Bay State Monthly article Fitchburg is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... The Lowell Line running from Boston, Massachusetts to Lowell, Massachusetts, originally the Boston and Lowell Railroad, is the oldest continually operated passenger train line in the western hemisphere. ... Ruins of abandoned mill along the Merrimack River in downtown Lowell Lowell is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Haverhill is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Newburyport is a small coastal city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Rockport is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 7,767. ... Image File history File links mbta locomotive at porter square File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links mbta locomotive at porter square File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Porter Square is a neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts, located around the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Somerville Avenue, between Harvard and Davis Squares. ... Push-pull can also refer to a type of electronic amplifier. ... Great Western Railway No. ... An Amtrak train on the NEC in New Jersey, as seen from an NJ Transit train. ... Caltrain train at Mountain View Amtrak 345 pulls a passenger train through Porter, Indiana. ... Park Street Station, Green Line platforms, December 2004 Park Street Station, Red Line platforms, January 2005 Park Street Station of the MBTA, located at the intersection Park Street and Tremont Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Green Line and the Red Line. ... Downtown Crossing Station of the MBTA, located at the corner of Washington Street and Summer Street and the corner of Chauncey Street and Summer Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Orange Line and the Red Line. ... The North-South Rail Link is a plan for a passenger railroad tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts to connect South Station to North Station. ...


Several extensions of the MBTA commuter rail network are either on-going or currently being debated: As of 2004, the Greenbush Line is being restored and a service extension of the Lowell Line to Nashua, New Hampshire is being considered. An extension of the Stoughton Line is proposed to Fall River, Massachusetts and New Bedford, Massachusetts, and the Attleboro Line is planned for extension to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nashua is a city located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. ... Fall River is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... A view of New Bedford from the harbor New Bedford is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... T. F. Green Airport is an airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, near Providence. ... Warwick is a city located in Kent County, Rhode Island. ...

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (official site)
Red Line Alewife - Ashmont / Braintree ---- Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line: Ashmont - Mattapan
Green Line Lechmere - Boston College ("B") / Cleveland Circle ("C") / Riverside ("D") / Heath Street ("E") ---- Watertown ("A")
Orange Line Oak Grove - Forest Hills ---- Charlestown Elevated - Atlantic Avenue Elevated - Washington Street Elevated
Blue Line Wonderland - Bowdoin
Buses Silver Line: Dudley Square - Downtown Crossing; South Station - various points ---- List - Crosstown buses - Former streetcars - Trackless trolleys - Key routes - East Boston area - South Boston - Urban Ring
Commuter Rail Greenbush - Plymouth/Kingston - Middleborough/Lakeville - Fairmount - Attleboro/Stoughton - Franklin - Needham - Framingham/Worcester - Fitchburg - Lowell - Haverhill/Reading - Newburyport/Rockport
Miscellaneous Accessibility - Boat service - Charlie Card - Nomenclature
Predecessors Boston Elevated Railway - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway - Middlesex and Boston Street Railway

This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is the newest of the MBTA rapid transit lines in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... T sign and top of glass pyramid from roof-level parking deck of Alewife Station, September 2004 Alewife Station, located at the intersection of Fresh Pond Parkway and Rindge Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a local transportation hub. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Braintree Station Braintree Station, located at Ivory and Union Streets in Braintree, Massachusetts 42. ... The Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line (or Mattapan-Ashmont Line, or just the M Line) is considered part of the MBTAs Red Line, even though it uses different equipment (trolleys) and passengers have to change at Ashmont. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Mattapan is at the end of the red line running a PCC trolly system. ... A Boston College-bound (B line) Type 8 (Breda) Green Line car at Boston University. ... The Lechmere stop is the north-eastern terminus of the MBTA Green Line. ... The Boston College stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line B branch. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Cleveland Circle stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line C branch. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Riverside stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line D branch. ... The D Branch, also called the Highland Branch or Riverside Branch, is a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, along which light rail vehicles run. ... The Heath Street stop along South Hutington Avenue is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line E branch. ... The E Branch or Arborway Branch is a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... Watertown, Massachusetts is the termination point of the MBTAs number 71 trackless trolley route and several bus routes. ... The A Branch or Watertown Branch was a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the MBTA. It extends from Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston in the south to Oak Grove in Malden, Massachusetts in the north. ... Oak Grove Station is an MBTA station on the Orange Line, located in the northern part of Malden, Massachusetts near the intersection of Winter Street and Main Street. ... Forest Hills Station an MBTA station on the Orange Line, located in the southern part of Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts between the intersection of Washington Street and Hyde Park Avenue and the intersection of Center Street and South Street. ... The Atlantic Avenue Elevated outside South Station Map of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated (at right) and related lines The Atlantic Avenue Elevated was an elevated railway around the east side of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, providing a second route for the Boston Elevated Railways Main Line (now the Orange Line... Stations on the Orange Line (previously called the Main Line) before destruction of the Washington Street El were (from south to north): North Station City Square Station Thompson Square Station Sullivan Square Station Everett Station (terminal) ... A Blue Line train at the newly-renovated Logan Airport station. ... Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a large number of bus lines in the greater Boston area. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ... Looking north at the northbound platforms, with the streetcar loops on each side Dudley Square (originally Dudley Street or Dudley) is a ground-level bus depot in Dudley Square, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, served by local buses of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and their Silver Line bus rapid transit... Downtown Crossing Station of the MBTA, located at the corner of Washington Street and Summer Street and the corner of Chauncey Street and Summer Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Orange Line and the Red Line. ... South Station front entrance. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus division operates the following bus routes, many of which are descendants of streetcar routes of the Boston Elevated Railway or a suburban company. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates three crosstown bus routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, CT1, CT2 and CT3, intended as limited-stop buses connecting major points. ... Lines remaining in 1940 As in many large cities, a large number of streetcar lines once existed in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and its inner suburbs. ... Two trackless trolleys at Cambridge Common There are currently four trackless trolley (trolleybus) routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, all run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the Harvard Square area, and all former streetcar lines (the last four not connected to the Tremont Street Subway to survive). ... In early 2005 the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considered adding 15 key bus routes to its subway maps. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates local buses in East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, connecting to the Blue Line at Maverick or Wood Island. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a number of buses in South Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, most of them connecting to the Red Line at Andrew, Broadway or South Station. ... The Urban Ring is an Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority project to develop a new public transportation route that would provide improved circumferential connections among the MBTAs many lines that project radially from Boston. ... The Fairmount Line or Dorchester Branch is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Except for a short portion in Milton, it lies entirely within Boston, passing through the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Hyde Park. ... The Attleboro/Stoughton Line is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system running southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The main line was originally built by the Boston and Providence Railroad, and now carries service during the week between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, and weekend service to South Attleboro. ... The Boston and Albany Railroad ( AAR reporting mark BA) was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Albany, New York. ... The Fitchburg Railroad (AAR reporting mark FBRG) was a railroad across northern Massachusetts, USA, leading to and through the Hoosac Tunnel. ... The Lowell Line running from Boston, Massachusetts to Lowell, Massachusetts, originally the Boston and Lowell Railroad, is the oldest continually operated passenger train line in the western hemisphere. ... Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority accessibility As is true for most mass transit systems, much of the Boston subway and commuter rail lines were built before wheelchair access was a requirement. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates commuter boats in the between Long Wharf, Lovejoy Wharf and Rowes Wharf on the downtown Boston waterfront to Hingham, Hull, Quincy and Logan International Airport as well as inner habor ferries between downtown Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard, and South Boston. ... New Easy Way MBTA fare gates, in testing at Aquarium Station The Charlie Card a contactless, stored value smart card that passengers will carry as part of an automated fare collection system which the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) expects to introduce in 2006. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) maintains a large public transit system in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and uses various methods to name and number their services for the convenience of users. ... By 1925, streetcars were gone from most downtown streets. ... The Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway (Eastern Mass) was a streetcar and later bus company in eastern Massachusetts, serving most suburbs of Boston. ... The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (M&B) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts. ...

See also

The Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a massive undertaking to route the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a tunnel under the city, replacing a previous elevated roadway. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... The North-South Rail Link is a plan for a passenger railroad tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts to connect South Station to North Station. ...

External links

Commuter rail website


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