Commuter rail

By - 8/20/15 - 7:24 pm
Waiting at South Station

Louis Venturelli was among the hundreds of commuter-rail riders who just sat or stood there in South Station as signal problems meant massive delays on all line between roughly 5:40 and 6:40 this evening.

By - 8/17/15 - 2:04 pm

Keolis is advising that with temperatures forecast in the 80s and 90s this week, the Worcester Line will be taking it easy - extending commutes by up to 30 minutes. Read more.

By - 8/15/15 - 8:32 pm
Stormburst over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 3:37 pm

Franklin and Needham Line service was shut for about 20 minutes as Boston Police pursued a burglary suspect who kept running across the train tracks south of Canterbury Street around 3 p.m. Officers swarmed both sides of the tracks for the suspect, who eventually tried to make good his escape through wooded yards on the Roslindale side - only to be caught by Transit Police officers who had arrived to help out.

By - 8/14/15 - 12:25 pm

what all those orange spots on the track between Wyoming and Wakefield stations on the Haverhill/Reading Line denote. Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 11:37 am

Transit Police report an inbound Regional train from New York hit a man on the tracks near Norfolk Street in Mansfield around 11 a.m. - halting both Amtrak and commuter-rail service along the Northeast Corridor. Foul play is not suspected.

Helen Fuller, a New Yorker on the train, 190, reports passengers were being kept on the train - even after northbound service for other trains resumed - and that passengers were kept completely in the dark, even as they learned what was going on from just looking out the window and from social media: Read more.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:33 am

Gus Coldebella reports a Needham Line conductor felt compelled to make this announcement this morning:

Please don't crawl under the train. It's dangerous. We'll wait for you to walk around.

Ed. note: Unlike other lines, the Needham Line only has one track, at least until Forest Hills.

By - 7/20/15 - 10:59 am
CDs on a fence at the Fairmount commuter-rail station in Hyde Park

Somebody's attached a whole bunch of CDs to a fence at one of the entrances to the Fairmount station on the Fairmount line (on Fairmount Avenue, of course).

By - 7/14/15 - 11:45 am
Old railroad bridge over the Charles River

The Zakim gets all the attention, but the old commuter-rail bridge next to it has its own charms, including a spiral staircase to the top. Molly Hester admired its form from North Point Park in Cambridge yesterday.

By - 7/2/15 - 8:40 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 3:49 a.m. to South Station for a fire in the ceiling above tracks 5 and 6: Read more.

By - 6/19/15 - 11:42 pm

A. 14. Videoed yesterday in Wilmington.

Via BostonUrbEx, who explains that only the last locomotive was actually providing power and that the caboose is one of just three left in the MBTA fleet.

By - 6/19/15 - 11:33 am
By - 6/8/15 - 8:59 am

Transit Police report arresting a Rhode Island man on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident Saturday night by the commuter-rail ticket booths at Back Bay station. Read more.

By - 6/2/15 - 3:46 pm

Here's one way to encourage people to sign up with the MBTA's pay-by-phone system for commuter-rail parking: Raise the cost of parking by $2 a day for people who don't use the system.

The T says the price increase goes into effect on July 16 for people who do not buy monthly permits. People who pay by phone, however, will get a $2 daily discount starting that day. Read more.

By - 5/25/15 - 8:42 am
Old Budd car in Somerville

Chris Silverio photographed the old Budd cars in the Somerville yards outside North Station. Read more.

By - 5/5/15 - 8:06 pm

that convinced the managers at Keolis that there was going to be snow in the forecast. Judging by the cluster that North Station became at the tail end of rush hour, it felt more like the bad old days of February than early May.

By - 4/30/15 - 6:25 pm

Surveillance photo via Transit Police.

Transit Police are looking for a guy they say has held up the Fresco flower stand on the Dartmouth Street side of Back Bay station twice this week.

The guy made off with cash in afternoon heists on both Monday and Wednesday. On Monday, he motioned as if he had a gun. He's also wanted for possibly menacing other people in the station.

He's described as Hispanic, about 22, 5'8" to 5"10" and thin. He has a tattoo behind one of his ears.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 4/29/15 - 5:42 pm

"We have two seasons - winter and construction" doesn't just apply to highways. Got this e-mail from Keolis regarding pending track work on the Haverhill line. In summary, riders should expect delays and bustitution.

To All of Our Haverhill Line Customers
TRACK WORK NOTICE - Effective May 4th- June 26, 2015

Due to necessary rail improvements, the MBTA Commuter Rail will be providing bus service between Reading and Haverhill for midday trains, Monday through Friday beginning Monday, May 4, 2015.

The following Inbound trains will have bus service between Haverhill and Reading*:

By - 4/24/15 - 6:19 pm

A Boston lawyer says the T and Keolis owe commuter-rail riders a lot more than just a 15% discount on their Mass passes, so, of course, he's filed a lawsuit.

The suit, filed earlier this week in Middlesex Superior Court by Robert Richardson, seeks to make Raquel Rodriguez, identified as "a resident of the Commonwealth," lead plaintiff in an action seeking not just refunds for January, February and March passholders, but damages as well.

By - 4/5/15 - 1:17 pm
Fried Amtrak electrical equipment at Forest Hills

Fried Amtrak electrical equipment coated with fire-suppressing foam. Photo by Keolis.

Mother Nature just doesn't like trains, it seems. Keolis reports that yesterday's two-alarm fire in an Amtrak signaling vault at Forest Hills was caused by lightning.

And since Amtrak and commuter rail share the Northeastern Corridor, that meant problems for both rail systems - and will likely cause problems during tomorrow morning's inbound commute:

Inbound passengers on the Franklin and Providence/Stoughton lines should expect 20-30 minute delays coming into Boston tomorrow. Needham Line rider should see some delays, too.

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