Commuter rail

By - 1/21/15 - 6:53 am

The good news, the Globe reports is that the manufacturer is paying for the repairs. The bad news is that that means the T has to go back to those creaky old locomotives it thought the new diesels would replace to pull all the new commuter-rail coaches that have also had their issues.... Read more

By - 1/11/15 - 4:56 pm

Transit Police report finding a white man, age still unknown, dead on the Fairmount Line platform around 4:10 p.m.

Although detectives and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating, police do not suspect foul play:

Items located near the decedent suggest an apparent overdose.

By - 1/8/15 - 8:32 am
No room on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Hopefully, the Angry Screaming Orange Line Driver had today off. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Well, they did warn us. Track problems on the Fairmount Line, a dead train on the Haverhill Line, switch problems on the Kingston/Plymouth Line, signal problems on the Providence/Stoughton Line all add up to commuter woes. There's a dead train somewhere on the Orange Line, and a Green Line trolley pulled into Kenmore with no heat, although as Bart Antista explains:

Great #mbta

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By - 12/31/14 - 9:03 am

Some switch seized up this morning, causing delays on both inbound and outbound trains at South Station.

By - 12/20/14 - 6:36 pm
Commuter rail crash scene in Somerville

Around 6:15 near the Park Street crossing, R.S.Y. Buchanan reports. He adds the driver of the car got out before the crash.

By - 12/13/14 - 12:07 pm

Transit Police report a woman, about 34, was on the tracks at the Attleboro commuter-rail stop when she was hit and killed by an outbound train around 9 a.m.

Both commuter-rail and Amtrak service were halted. Police and the DA's office are investigating why she was on the tracks at the time, but foul play is not suspected.... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 8:03 pm

Transit Police report a man, believed to be in his 40s, was on the inbound side of the tracks near West Gloucester station when he was hit and killed by an inbound commuter-rail train around 6:30 p.m.

Police and the DA's office are investigating what the man was doing on the tracks.

Yesterday, a woman was hit by a train in Bridgewater, but... Read more

By - 12/6/14 - 9:04 pm

WBZ reports on a smashing night in Cambridge. No injuries; driver thought she was turning into a parking lot.

By - 11/20/14 - 4:01 pm

This is a little after the fact, but I haven't seen it on UHub or anywhere else: Amtrak has closed its ticket office at Back Bay station. While the official notice doesn't say why, railfans have heard that it's because the T has been unable to improve the ventilation of those ever-present diesel fumes (a topic mentioned over and over and... Read more

By - 11/20/14 - 7:46 am

State House News Service reports on the penalties the state assessed Keolis.

By - 11/11/14 - 7:23 pm
Dead Fitchburg train

Changing trains on the tracks. Photo by Billy Lazarro.

Even normally pessimistic Fitchburg Line commuters probably didn't expect this: By 7 p.m., the 5:30 train to Fitchburg train hadn't moved more than a few feet from North Station. As Billy Lazarro explains, passengers finally walked down the track to another train, which also then just sat there.

By - 11/3/14 - 9:09 am

A faltering Franklin Line train finally started pushing up daisies just before Readville, where people who are very aware they just renewed their passes for November are currently waiting for another train to push them into South Station. People on that train aren't too happy, either.... Read more

By - 10/31/14 - 6:46 pm

An Allston man faces drunk-driving charges after police found him and his car on the tracks at North Station early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Matthias Grenon, 22, somehow got on the commuter-rail tracks near the train-repair facility in Somerville, then headed inbound on the tracks without slipping off until he pulled into the station around 2:20 a.m., the DA's office... Read more

By - 10/30/14 - 7:48 pm
MBTA train going along Grand Junction rail line in Cambridge

Neal Doyle captured a new commuter-rail train chugging along the Grand Junction rail line in Cambridge towards the Charles today.

The T and Amtrak occasionally use the line, which crosses the Charles under the BU Bridge, to transfer trains from the north side of Boston to the south - it's the only north/south link inside 495. State officials hope to one day use... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 8:52 am

The dreaded slippery rail struck again this morning.

By - 10/7/14 - 8:08 pm

MassDOT says Saturday and Sunday service will start up again on the Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines, while the Needham Line will gain back the Saturday service it lost two years ago.

The restored service starts Dec. 27, thanks in part to funding by the legislature.

"Restoration of the Needham Commuter Rail Service on Saturday is vital to the needs of commuters from Needham, Dover and

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By - 9/22/14 - 8:33 am

Happened around 8 a.m. on an inbound Rockport train, according to Bill Kyrouz and Lisse, who were on the train.

Lisse reports the woman tried boarding the train as it was pulling out of the station. Fortunately, she says, a "quick thinking conductor" applied the emergency brake and the woman appeared to suffer only a cut head.

The woman was transported to Beverly... Read more

By - 9/18/14 - 9:13 am

Keolis, which now runs the local commuter-rail trains, shows some of the work involved in its current program to deep-clean every passenger coach - a process that's taking a three-person crew 24 hours for the average car.

By - 9/12/14 - 6:17 pm

Federal, state and city officials gathered at Ruggles station this afternoon to announce a $20-mllion federal grant to build a second commuter rail platform at Ruggles - and fix the crumbling part of the existing platform.

Officials said the project will increase capacity in Ruggles just as Northeastern and other nearby landowners even further develop the area, bringing new jobs - and increased demand on... Read more

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