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Lowell (MBTA station)

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Line(s)  Lowell Line
Opened  1983
Tracks  5
Platforms in use  1
Lowell (MBTA station)
Location  101 Thorndike Street Lowell, MA 01852
Owned by  Lowell Regional Transit Authority
Connections  LRTA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 MVRTA: 41 Peter Pan Sunshine Bus
Parking  695 spaces ($5.00 fee) 7 accessible spaces
Address  Lowell, MA 01851, United States
Owner  Lowell Regional Transit Authority
Similar  North Billerica, West Medford, Wedgemere, Anderson Regional Transport, Winchester Center

Lowell is a commuter rail station and northern terminus of the MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line, located off Thorndike Street (MA-3A) near the end of the Lowell Connector south of downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. The station forms part of the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal, which also incorporates the Robert B. Kennedy Bus Transfer Center, named for local politician Robert B. Kennedy. It is a major park-and-ride station for the commuter rail system, serving commuters from Lowell, northern Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire. The Kennedy Bus Transfer Center is the transfer point for all Lowell Regional Transit Authority local bus routes and several intercity bus routes by other operators.

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Terminal and services

Lowell station is located at the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal (aka Gallagher Transit Terminal, or simply Gallagher Station to many locals), an intermodal transit center, at 101 Thorndike Street (MA 3A) at the edge of Downtown Lowell. The station is the northern terminus of the MBTA Lowell Line providing train service to and from Boston. The Kennedy Bus Transfer Center is also located at the terminal for local and long bus service.

The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) operates local bus service based at the Kennedy Center. Peter Pan Bus Lines provides intercity bus service, with one round trip per day on its Concord, New Hampshire - Foxwoods Casino line, with connections in Worcester to other routes.

Other service includes MVRTA Route 41 to Lawrence, and the Sunshine Travel bus to Mohegan Sun.

The lobby at Gallagher Terminal includes a waiting area, a ticket counter for trains and intercity buses, a Dunkin' Donuts, and rest rooms.

Passengers access the train platform from the lobby by way of a bridge over the tracks.

History

The Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal opened in 1983. Previously, this area had held a depot for the Boston and Lowell Railroad. To the east, Lowell had also been the location of a former Lowell and Andover Railroad, built by the Boston and Maine Railroad, station on Central and Green Streets known as Central Street Station, which is no longer in use. In 2005, the Robert B. Kennedy Bus Transfer Center opened at the Gallagher Terminal as a new hub for all LRTA bus routes.

References

Lowell (MBTA station) Wikipedia


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