Hersey is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Needham, Massachusetts. Located in the Bird's Hill neighborhood, it serves the Needham Line. The station serves as a park-and-ride, with easy access from Route 128. Hersey station has been open since 1917, except for an 8-year closure during Southwest Corridor construction. It is fully accessible.
Hersey station in May 2012, facing east
|Location||Great Plain Avenue at Broad Meadow Road|
|Line(s)||Needham Branch (Needham Cutoff)|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Parking||360 spaces ($4.00 fee)|
8 accessible spaces
|Bicycle facilities||11 spaces|
|Closed||October 13, 1979–October 19, 1987|
|Previous names||Bird's Hill (1917–1979)|
|Passengers (2018)||525 (weekday average boardings)|
The Needham Cutoff opened on November 4, 1906 from West Roxbury to Needham Junction, allowing trains from the former New York and New England Railroad to reach Boston without needing to use the New York Central's Highland Branch. Building the cutoff required a significant length of difficult rock cuts - "one of the heaviest pieces of short railroad construction ever attempted in New England" - reaching a depth of 57 feet (17 m) at Great Plain Avenue. Needham Junction was originally the only stop on the cutoff; Bird's Hill opened as an infill station at Great Plains Avenue in 1917.
The station was closed with the rest of the line on October 13, 1979 due to Southwest Corridor construction. On March 21, 1980, the Massachusetts Legislature directed the MBTA to rename the station to honor Needham selectman Henry D. Hersey, "an outstanding spokesman for commuter rail service in the commonwealth". In addition to this station, the MBTA also honored Hersey by naming locomotive MBTA 1000 as Henry D. Hersey "Mr. Commuter Rail". Newly designated Hersey station reopened with the rest of the line on October 19, 1987.
Unlike the other Needham Line stations, Hersey was not renovated during the closure with a mini-high platform for handicapped accessibility. A mini-high platform was added between 1990 and 1992, making the Needham Line the first completely accessible line on the MBTA system.
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- "LAST RAIL LAID.: Work on Boston's Newest Railroad is Progressing Rapidly--The Air Line From West Roxbury to Needham Has Been Cut Through Solid Rock Part of the Way". Boston Daily Globe. February 4, 1906. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
- "AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION BIRDS HILL SECTION OF THE TOWN OF NEEDHAM AS THE HENRY D. HERSEY STATION" (PDF). Massachusetts State Legislature. 21 March 1980. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Pictures of MBTA 1000". Railroad Picture Archives. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- Operations Directorate Planning Division (November 1990). "Ridership and Service Statistics" (3 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. pp. 1–5 – via Internet Archive.
- MBTA : ACCESS; The Guide to Accessible Services and Facilities. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. June 1992. p. 15 – via Internet Archive.
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (March 19, 1990). "Public Notice of Environmental Review - Project: MBTA Hersey Station Improvements". Boston Globe – via Newspapers.com.
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