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Delays Pile Up on Framingham/Worcester Rail Line Due to Rain

High water conditions have made for a rough commute.

Updated 8:54 a.m. with additional information from the MBCR. 

If you decided to take the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line this morning, it may not have been a great start to your week. 

Due to high water conditions near the tracks, a number of trains on the line faced delays this morning, some as much as 50 minutes, according to alerts from the MBTA

According to Andrea Wheeler, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), flooding caused single-track operations through Natick as well as speed restrictions. 

The MBCR had five pumps working this morning to try to remove water as quickly as possible, Wheeler said. Another train following the delayed trains was set up to help handle additional passengers, the MBCR said.

As of 8 a.m., the water conditions had improved a bit and outbound trains were operating on the inbound-side platform, according to the alerts.

However, a number of outbound and inbound trains remain delayed at this point, including the P510, which had 50-minute delays as of 9 a.m. 

The P516, which previously experienced 50-minute delays, was operating on time from Framingham to Boston only as of 9 a.m., according to alerts.

Outbound trains are also facing some issues, including the P503, which still has 50-minute delays as of 9 a.m. 

Some trains that are leaving from Framingham, rather than Worcester, are not facing delays. 

The Framingham/Worcester Line passes through three stations in Newton including Newtonville, West Newton and Auburndale. 

For updates on service, stay tuned to Newton Patch or check individual train alerts on the MBTA website. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates @NewtonMAPatch.

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