Saturday, September 22, 2012
The incident reportedly happened near Exit 17 on the Mass. Pike.
Update 9:27 p.m. Police are saying the man who was struck and killed tonight by a Framingham/Worcester commuter rail train was a 58-year-old Maryland resident, according to MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo. According to MBTA alerts, Framingham/Worcester commuter rail trains are facing more than 60 minute delays due to the incident. 8 p.m. MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo has confirmed that a 40-year-old male railroad trespasser was struck and killed this evening by an outbound commuter rail train on the Framingham/Worcester line. The incident happened around 6:40 p.m., Pesaturo said in an email to Newton Patch. Transit Police are currently investigating the incident. 7:33 p.m. The MBTA Transit Police have confirmed via Twitter that a person has …
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 …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wellesley Police are reporting that crews have struck a gas main on Rockland Street and Commuter Rail trains have been halted.
Update 4:15 p.m. The Framingham/Worcester trains appear to be moving again and according to mbta.com, the line is running with normal service. Posted earlier: Passengers traveling on the Framingham/Worcester Line this afternoon are likely to see some delays after a gas main was struck in Wellesley. According to an email alert from the Wellesley Police Department, a gas main was struck on Rockland Street. As a result, all CSX and MBTA trains on the Framingham/Worcester line through Wellesley have been halted. The Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line passes through three stations in Newton, including Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. The MBTA issued an alert saying the P515 1 p.m. outbound train was experiencing 45- to 60-…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The MBTA was hoping for at least six companies to compete for the commuter rail contract.
Although more than twenty companies had initially expressed interest in a contract to operate the state's commuter rail system, just two companies have stepped forward with a bid. According to a recent report in the Boston Globe, the two companies that bid on the contract were French company Keolis and the current contract holder, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). For more information, read the full report in the Boston Globe. The MBTA had hoped at least six companies would bid on the contract, the Globe reported, and the lack of competition could mean higher operating costs or weaker service. “I’m disappointed there’s only two” MBTA Acting Manager Jonathan R. Davis told the Globe. “Where there’s competition, …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Several inbound trains, including the P506, P508, P510 and P512, are facing delays.
Updated 11:05 a.m. According to Cassie French, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR), this morning's delays started with an electrical shortage on train P506 (6:35 a.m. inbound train out of Worcester). "This caused the crew to shut down train control and therefore, the cab signal was stopped as well. Then, the CSX train dispatcher was unable to display his light that tells the crew their train can proceed on the tracks. Because the cab signal was shut off and the CSX dispatcher was unable to give the go ahead signal, the crew had to fill out paperwork for approval to continue," French said in an email. In addition to the mechanical failure, a medical emergency involving a 26-year-old woman occurred on the P506 …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Delays of 30-60 minutes are affecting trains on the line.
It hasn't been a great start to the weekend for commuters on the Framingham/Worcester line. According to MBTA alerts, trains on the line are experiencing anywhere between 30 to 60 minute delays for both the inbound and outbound routes. The MBTA alerts indicate the delays stem from an earlier disabled train and residual traffic on the rails. As of 6:45 p.m., both the P526 and P532 inbound trains (6:16 p.m. and 4:55 p.m. departure times) are experiencing 60 minute delays. A number of outbound trains, including the P519, P521, P523 and P527, are also experiencing delays between 30 and 60 minutes. The Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line passes through three stations in Newton, including Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville.
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
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, …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Both the D Line trolleys and Commuter Rail trains faced significant delays this morning.
Updated 9:47 a.m. D Line service is on or near schedule. 9:19 a.m. According to MBTA service alerts, the D Line trolley trains have resumed service between Reservoir and Kenmore. Riders should expect 10-15 minute delays on the D Line due to the earlier power problems. Posted earlier: Newton commuters using the MBTA this morning will have a bit of a rough start to their week. The MBTA D Line trolleys face significant delays this morning due to a wire problem at Fenway Station. Trains are currently terminating at Reservoir Station and shuttle buses are replacing service between Reservoir and Kenmore stations. Meanwhile, those who rely on the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail also face delays this morning, due to earlier mechanical …