Monday, April 29, 2013
The MBCR also announced two other minor service changes on the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line.
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) is launching an express train connecting Worcester and Boston today, according to New England Cable News. There will be two new express trains on the Framingham/Worcester Line, one inbound and one outbound. The inbound express train (P582) will leave Worcester at 6:20 a.m. and stop just once, in Framingham at 7 a.m., before arriving at South Station just after 7:45 a.m., according to a press release issued by MBCR. The outbound express train (P583) will depart South Station at 5:35 p.m. and make stops in Back Bay (5:41 p.m.) and Framingham (6:15 p.m.) before arriving in Worcester at 6:43 p.m., the press release said. This new service will cut approximately 20 minutes from the usual trip, "T" …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A new device will be distributed to conductors on MBTA conductors that will give them real-time information about trains all across the rail system.
A new pilot program being dubbed “Conductor Companion” is being unveiled on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s commuter rail system, putting complete details about train services across the system in the hands of conductors. The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), the contractor that runs the commuter railroad for the MBTA, made the announcement on Monday. Essentially it is a unique mobile application that will allow conductors on the MBTA commuter rail system to receive real-time information about service for the first time. “The speed of technology today demands an application that gives conductors the information they need and that customers want,” said Gillian Wood, MBCR’s chief customer service officer in Monday…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The delays are due to a downed wire on the Amtrak line.
After facing delays and cancellations earlier today, passengers on south side commuter rail lines are likely to experience more delays during the afternoon commute. Commuters traveling on commuter rail lines out of South Station, which includes the Framingham/Worcester line, should anticipate 15- to 30-minute delays during tonight's peak hour service, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). The Framingham/Worcester line stops at three stations in Newton, including Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. The delays are due to an "Amtrak infrastructure issue" that occurred earlier this morning, the press release said. Around 5:10 a.m., the Amtrak rail line experienced a …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Commuters should stay tuned to news outlets and T alerts for updates on service.
Although tonight's storm will likely bring more rain than snow to the Newton area, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad is making sure local stations are prepared. According to a press release issued Wednesday evening, the MBCR is deploying engineering crews to all commuter rail stations to clear snow and salt walkways. The MBCR said in the press release it is not anticipating any delays, but commuters should stay tuned to local media outlets, the MBTA website and MBTA's T-Alerts for updates on service. In addition, the MBCR urges commuters to be careful while boarding and exiting trains tonight and during the morning commute Thursday. The Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line passes through three stations in Newton, including …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Two of the six new trains will not stop at Newton stations.
As a result of the recent agreement between the state and CSX, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) has added six new train times to the Framingham/Worcester weekday commuter rail schedule. According to a press release issued yesterday by the MBCR, three new outbound trains will be added as well as three new inbound trains. The new schedule will go into effect Monday, Oct. 29. To view the updated schedule, click the .pdf to the right. Two of the three new inbound trains will not stop at the Newton stations, which include Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. The new train times were only added to the regular, weekday schedule; there will be no changes to the current weekend service. In addition to the six new trains this month…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The state is taking over the rail lines between Boston and Worcester next month.
The 45 miles of rails between Boston and Worcester will be managed by the state starting next month, according to the telegram.com. This means more service between the two cities as well as bridge work that will allow for double-decker trains to service a longer area. The rail line includes the Framingham-Worcester Commuter Rail, which makes three stops in Newton, including Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. According to the telegram.com, Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray said he expects transportation officials to announce service increases of 13.5 trips per day to 20 within the next year. The state will pay $100 million to purchase the rail lines from CSX and will assume the cost of operating and maintaining them, the article said. CSX …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The memorial coach was launched Wednesday from South Station and its first ride went along the Framingham/Worcester line.
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR) unveiled a new memorial coach today honoring the Massachusetts men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the MBCR announced its new patriotic train car, noting that the coach will travel "thousands of miles across Eastern Massachusetts as a reminder of all our fallen heroes." The new train coach bears gold stars with the names of the fallen soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors. It was unveiled today at South Station and took its inaugural trip on the Worcester/Framingham Line, which passes through three stations in Newton. "Massachusetts is proud to honor all veterans who have bravely …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Paying for Commuter Rail rides will soon be easier.
Starting in the fall, commuter rail riders will be able to buy tickets using their smartphones, according to Boston.com The MBTA plans to roll out a new mobile app that would allow users to purchase commuter rail tickets on the iPhone, Blackberry or Android smartphones, the Boston.com article said. One-way, round trip, 10 ride tickets and monthly tickets would be available. The app aims to reduce the number of cash transactions conductors would have to make and make fare collection more efficient. Conductors would collect fares by scanning a QR code on the riders' app. For more details on the plan, visit the story on Boston.com
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The changes will take place during the reconstruction project at Yawkey Station.
If you're a frequent passenger on the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line, some schedule changes are in your future. Starting Monday, April 2, the Commuter Rail line will adjust its schedule due to the redevelopment project going on at Yawkey Station, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). The Framingham/Worcester line, which runs out of South Station, makes three stops in Newton: Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. According to the press release, the $13.5 million Yawkey construction is part of the Fenway Center mixed-use redevelopment project. The construction at Yawkey will require single track operations between South Station and Allston. Once the work at Yawkey is finished…
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail has released its schedule for the winter months as well as information on how it's been prepping for winter.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The following is a press release from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority: Winter weather bedeviled commuters across the Northeast in 2011, no more so than the MBTA system, which experienced significant impacts as a result of one state’s worst winters. Bus, subway, commuter boat and commuter rail service all experienced significant delays that impacted customers. Determined to learn from the trying winter, new Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad General Manager Hugh J. Kiley, Jr. – with full support and cooperation from the MBTA – tasked his management team with crafting a winter response plan prior to the arrival of cold weather months of 2011/12. Beginning on the first day of summer, a ten-person team appointed by Kiley began…