commuter rail

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

... Read more
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

By - 9/8/14 - 6:23 pm

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Transit Police gave Keolis the OK to resume normal operations through the area. Transit Police report the boy was airlifted to a Boston hospital; is expected to survive.

The 4:20 train to Franklin hit a 14-year-old near Islington station in Westwood.

Gugliemo reports getting a text from somebody on the train:

Police informed passengers. Have to get off and board

... Read more
By - 9/3/14 - 9:48 am

The Amateur Planner charts seven years' of T ridership data and ponders why Green Line and commuter-rail ridership remain depressed even as Red, Blue and Orange Line numbers are going up.

By - 9/2/14 - 3:36 pm

The T is e-mailing companies with large numbers of employees who have commuter-rail zone passes today. One of those workers forwards this copy of the e-mail:

Dear MBTA Commuter Rail Zone Pass or Charlie Ticket Holder,

There is a problem with the encoding of some September monthly passes on Commuter Rail and CharlieTickets. This does not affect the CharlieCard/Link pass for the bus and subway.

... Read more
By - 8/28/14 - 9:01 am
Working on derailed Amtrak engine outside South Station in Boston

Johnmcboston this morning photographed workers dealing with the aftermath of yesterday afternoon's Amtrak/commuter rail train bopping just outside South Station.

By - 8/27/14 - 1:33 pm

The T just sent out the following alert for South Station commuter-rail riders:

Expect significant delays in the PM commute after incident impeding tracks.

Might be due to a train that kind of derailed after a collision in the yard south of the station.... Read more

By - 8/22/14 - 9:31 am

Riders from the south and west got to enjoy the scenic vistas of the South Station rail yards this morning when Amtrak's signals failed yet again, and trains were unable to pull into the station. America's Railroad fixed the problem shortly after 9:15 and trains began pulling in.

Last month:
T says South Station problems not their fault, riders go 'Oy, gevalt!'... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 12:19 pm

Wicked Local Needham reports the current state budget has funds to restore Saturday service on the commuter-rail line.

There is no start date set for the resumption of service, according to an MBTA spokesperson.

By - 7/24/14 - 10:16 am

The MBTA today announced a contract with a new WiFi provider for commuter rail it says will mean more reliable free access to e-mail for riders - and the option to add full Internet service for $15 a month.

InMotion Wireless will build a $5.6 million WiFi network for trains that will also cover commuter ferries and South, North and Back Bay stations, at no... Read more

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