BOSTON—Arrive at the MBTA commuter rail station in Hanson, Massachusetts, and you might not believe the train can get you to Boston in just 43 minutes. The stop is a small concrete platform in a rural town, and it feels a world away from the city. It's nestled between cranberry bogs, acres of woods, and a row of semi-abandoned buildings that once housed Ocean Spray. There’s a deer check station just up the street.
To pay for your trip, you could buy a commuter rail ticket at the Tedeschi's convenience store a mile and a half away. Or you could pay your fare on board if you've got enough cash in your purse or wallet.