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     Haverhill/Reading Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System MBTA Commuter Rail
Locale Northeastern Massachusetts
Termini Haverhill
North Station
Stations 14
Operation
Owner MBTA
Operator(s) MBCR
Character Elevated and surface-level
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Route map
Unknown route-map component "exKHSTa"
Plaistow (proposed)
Unknown route-map component "exGRENZE"
New HampshireMassachusetts state line
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Haverhill Amtrak connection
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Bradford
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Lawrence
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Andover
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Ballardvale
Stop on track
North Wilmington
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Reading
Stop on track
Wakefield
Stop on track
Greenwood
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Melrose Highlands
Stop on track
Melrose/Cedar Park
Stop on track
Wyoming Hill
Unknown route-map component "ACC"
Malden Center
Interchange end
North Station Handicapped/disabled access Amtrak connection

The Haverhill/Reading Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running north from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the cities and towns of Malden, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, Wilmington, Andover, Lawrence, North Andover, and Haverhill.

The station stops from North Station are: Malden Center, Wyoming Hill, Melrose/Cedar Park, Melrose Highlands, Greenwood, Wakefield, Reading, North Wilmington, Ballardvale, Andover, Lawrence, Bradford, and Haverhill.

A station stop also exists at Oak Grove in Malden, but this stop is only used when the Orange Line rapid transit service is disrupted.

The line was purchased by the MBTA from the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1973. The route to Reading was intended to be used as an extension of the Orange Line, and commuter service past there would operate as a branch off of the Lowell Line, using the Wildcat Branch as a bypass route. However, these plans were derailed due to opposition in the towns along the line, most notably in Melrose.

An article in the Eagle Tribune claims that Massachusetts is negotiating to buy property which has the potential to extend the Haverhill Line to Plaistow, New Hampshire (though the article also erroneously claims that the MBTA only serves Massachusetts, ignoring the existence of Providence station and the station under construction at T F Green Airport).[1] Funding is available, and Plaistow is potentially interested, but wants to better understand the potential drawbacks of being the location of the layover station.[2][3]

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