Old Colony Lines (MBTA)

Old Colony Lines (MBTA)

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Old Colony Lines (MBTA)

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The Old Colony Lines are branches of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, connecting downtown Boston, Massachusetts with the South Shore and cranberry-farming country to the south and southeast. The Middleborough/Lakeville Line winds south through Holbrook, Brockton, Bridgewater, Lakeville and Middleborough, the Plymouth/Kingston Line heads southeast from Braintree, roughly following Route 3 toward Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, Hanson, Halifax, Kingston and Plymouth, and the Greenbush Line heads east from north of Braintree station towards Hingham, Cohasset, and Scituate. For the year of 2009, the Middleborough/Lakeville and Plymouth/Kingston lines had a combined daily ridership of 20,109.

History

Historically, train service continued southeast from Middleboro to four different termini on Cape Cod: Woods Hole, Hyannis, Chatham and Provincetown. Another branch continued southwest to Fall River, Massachusetts and to Newport, Rhode Island.

The Old Colony under the New Haven

Passenger service along the Old Colony Railroad was discontinued in 1959. Despite high ridership, this line had been a source of problems for the New Haven Railroad, which...
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