Commuter rail

By - 6/16/17 - 1:08 pm

MassDOT reports that ridership on the only only-in-Boston commuter rail line increased 25% during the first of two fare-free weeks in May - and 44% the second week - but then dropped back down to normal light levels when the fares came back.

By - 6/13/17 - 8:21 am
Train car on fire in Mansfield

Photo by Mansfield Police.

A freight car full of construction debris on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield erupted into flames around 4:30 a.m., Mansfield Police report.

Crews were able to maneuver the flaming car from the area of the Rte. 140 crossing to tracks off County Street, where the thing was still on fire as of 6:30 a.m.

By - 6/12/17 - 7:09 pm
Crowds at North Station

Claire Blechman shows us the hordes trying to get out of Boston from North Station shortly before 6 p.m., on a day when commuter rail tried its best to keep up with delays on the Red Line.

South Station replied, "Hold my beer," as Kevin Essington shows us: Read more.

By - 6/12/17 - 10:26 am

When the heat gets too hot, Worcester and Needham Line trains have to go extra slow because, of course, the tracks weren't designed to handle regular-speed trains in the heat. Or as Goodband-C puts it when talking about what is normally 33-minute ride on the Needham Line:

Crawling into South Station a quick 80 minute trip from Hersey.

By - 6/6/17 - 2:03 pm

All thanks to the Beverly drawbridge replacement and the Positive Train Control system installation work.

Weekday Service Plan for July 17 through August 13

By - 5/27/17 - 10:16 am
By - 5/22/17 - 11:43 am
Boston Landing station in Brighton

Roving UHub photographer Michael Halle was on hand to watch a train pull out of the new Boston Landing station on the Worcester Line this morning. New Balance paid for the station, which services both its large development along Guest Street and the rest of Brighton, which hadn't seen commuter-rail service in decades.

By - 4/29/17 - 10:04 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports that US Rep. Michael Capuano will spend roughly $50,000 in campaign funds to promote the Fairmount Line by letting everybody ride for free between May 8 and May 21.

Earlier:
Report lists ways to put the Fairmount Line on the map.

By - 4/27/17 - 2:33 pm
Proposed new South Station layout

Proposed expanded South Station.

A MassDOT environmental report details plans to expand South Station over nine years that would hinge on getting the Postal Service to finally abandon its giant facility along Fort Point Channel and moving the food-distribution companies of Widett Circle someplace else. Read more.

By - 4/27/17 - 12:44 pm
Possible MBTA map that would include the Indigo Line

Like literally put on the map.

The good news in a Boston Foundation report on the Fairmount Line is that a $200-million state investment in adding and improving stations and service meant a three-fold increase in ridership since 2012.

The bad news is that only means 2,257 riders on a typical weekday, because ridership in 2012 was so low - just 789. Read more.

By - 4/24/17 - 5:29 pm

All the recent Twitter hubbub about fares at the new Brighton commuter-rail station got state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to thinking: Could there be other stations near downtown that have unfair fares? Read more.

By - 4/20/17 - 10:55 am

Gintautas Dumcius reports that after creating an uproar yesterday with new schedules saying the new Boston Landing station would be in Zone 1 - and then compounding that by replying on Twitter to angered commuters that that was the case - the T says this morning the station will, in fact, be in Zone 1A. Read more.

By - 4/19/17 - 6:27 pm

UPDATE: After telling commuters last night that the new Worcester Line schedule, showing Zone 1, was correct, the T this morning said, oops, no, Boston Landing will be in Zone 1A.

The good news is that the new Boston Landing station on the Worcester Line opens for service on May 22. The bad news is that it's been put in Zone 1, which means it'll cost $6.25 for a ride between there and Back Bay or South Station.

H/t Rick.

By - 4/10/17 - 8:23 pm

CommonWealth presents a proposal to make commuter rail faster, more reliable and more popular - by replacing most of the current trains with individually powered electric coaches known as "electric multiple units" like they use in Japan - and Connecticut.

By - 4/7/17 - 1:35 pm
Falling ceiling at Back Bay station

Todd Buffum shows us where part of the ceiling plunged to the ground today at the entrance to Tracks 5 and 7 at Back Bay.

By - 4/6/17 - 12:52 pm
Overcrowded Lowell Line train

Smushed Lowell Line train due to earlier cancellation this AM. Photo by Jeff Durney.

A crescendo of complaints by commuter-rail riders about cancellations, delays and overcrowded trains reached a new peak this morning as commuters into both North and South stations vented their frustration online.

They joined Lily Goldman, a Rockport Line rider who's been complaining for months now about ghost and late trains on her route: Read more.

By - 4/5/17 - 10:23 pm

UPDATE, Thursday, 10 a.m.

Greenbush train 091 (which left South Station around 8:25 p.m.), hit somebody on the tracks just south of Savin Hill.

Transit Police report that the "trespasser," a 24-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

At 10:17 p.m., M.McG reported she and other passengers were still on the train, still not moving.

By - 4/4/17 - 10:31 am
Kerry Jones

Transit Police report arresting a man they say officers found firing a pink stun gun around 6:45 a.m. yesterday in the North Station lobby after they heard "a loud electrical snapping sound" near the entrance to track 10. Read more.