Canton Junction station

Canton Junction is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Canton, Massachusetts. It serves the Providence/Stoughton Line, and is planned for future service on the South Coast Rail line. It is located slightly north of the Canton Viaduct and west of downtown Canton.

Canton Junction
Canton Junction station from Beaumont Street, April 2016.JPG
Canton Junction station in April 2016
LocationBeaumont Street at Sherman Street
Canton, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°09′46″N 71°09′13″W / 42.1628°N 71.1537°W / 42.1628; -71.1537Coordinates: 42°09′46″N 71°09′13″W / 42.1628°N 71.1537°W / 42.1628; -71.1537
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Line(s)Northeast Corridor
Stoughton Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
1 island platform
Tracks2 (Northeast Corridor)
2 (Stoughton Branch)
Parking764 spaces ($4.00 fee)
11 accessible spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone3
Previous namesCanton
20181,115 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Sharon Providence/​Stoughton Line Route 128
Canton Center
toward Stoughton
Canton Center South Coast Rail
Phase 2
2030 (proposed)
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
toward New Haven
Shore Line Route 128
toward Boston
toward Taunton
Stoughton Branch Terminus

At Canton Junction, the Stoughton Branch of the Providence/Stoughton Line splits from the Northeast Corridor and runs southeast to Stoughton, Massachusetts. The Providence section of the line follows the Northeast Corridor south to Providence, Rhode Island and beyond.


The 1892-built station building

Canton Junction opened with the Boston and Providence Railroad in 1835; the Stoughton Branch Railroad opened in early 1845. The current station building was designed by Bradford Lee Gilbert in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and built by the Old Colony Railroad in 1892. It became part of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad a year later in 1893.[2]

By the early 1990s, Boston–Foxboro trains for events at Foxborough Stadium operated over the Providence/Stoughton Line, with intermediate stops including Canton Junction.[3] When Providence–Foxboro event service resumed in 1994, Boston–Foxboro service was rerouted over the Franklin Line.[4][5][6]

The massive footbridge, built around 2000, showed significant rust and damage to concrete by 2015.[7] Keolis (the commuter rail contract operator) begin major repairs on the footbridge in 2016; however, the company failed to obtain the proper building permits. Construction was suspended in March 2017 with the western ramp and stairs still closed; passengers had to detour on foot over the Spaulding Street bridge to access the Providence-bound platform and the Jackson Street parking lot.[8][9] Construction resumed in July 2017 and was completed in August.[10]


  1. ^ Central Transportation Planning Staff (2019). "2018 Commuter Rail Counts". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
  2. ^ Existing Railroad Stations in Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  3. ^ "MBTA rail service is available to Patriots games". Boston Globe. September 12, 1993. p. 39 – via  
  4. ^ Belcher, Jonathan. "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit.
  5. ^ Hernandez, Efrain (June 17, 1994). "How to get to the game". Boston Globe. p. 108 – via  
  6. ^ Smith, Sean (September 14, 1997). "If you're going to the game..." Boston Globe. p. 64 – via  
  7. ^ Turner, Jay (August 7, 2015). "Frustrations mount over conditions at Canton Junction". Canton Citizen. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Commuter Rail Service Alerts: Providence/Stoughton Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. March 18, 2017. Archived from the original on March 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Canton Junction Ramp". Town of Canton. June 10, 2017. Archived from the original on June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Commuter Rail Service Alerts: Providence/Stoughton Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. July 20, 2017. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017.

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