Commuter rail

Commuter rail

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.

By - 4/4/15 - 9:08 am
Fire at Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that erupted in an electrical vault by the side of the Northeast Corridor tracks in Forest Hills around 6:44 a.m. went to two alarms as firefighters poured bottle after bottle of dry chemical extinguisher on it.

The fire halted commuter rail and Amtrak service along the nation's busiest passenger rail corridor. Orange Line service, briefly halted, has now resumed.

By - 4/3/15 - 11:43 pm
Firetrucks and police cruisers outside Back Bay station

The scene outside Back Bay station. Photo by Jennifer Covey.

Firefighters responded to Back Bay station around 11 p.m. for what turned out to be a small trash fire on Track 7.

Meanwhile, Transit Police went in search of somebody spotted traipsing down the tracks around the same time.

By - 3/30/15 - 8:26 am

Keolis officials were at North Station this morning thanking commuters for their patience as the company restored all the trains it lost in the snows of February.

Probably just as well they weren't at South Station, where commuters were reporting delays and cancellations on the Providence Line:

Crazy - I'm now an hour and 15 mins behind sched. They cancelled the 6:42 and next train was late, too.

By - 3/20/15 - 2:02 pm

Just got this e-mail from Keolis

By - 3/20/15 - 7:20 am

Around 1 a.m. on the outbound side at the Prides Crossing stop, Transit Police report. Foul play is not a factor in the death of the 20-year-old man, police say.

By - 3/17/15 - 10:00 am

TransitMatters reports on an advisory the T has sent to its corporate customers.

Tim Lawrence adds:

Corporate pre-tax MBTA passes will be getting the 15% discount. It's your employer's responsibility to adjust your contribution.

By - 3/13/15 - 11:51 am
Man wanted for Back Bay men's room theft

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for stealing a suitcase on wheels containing a Toshiba laptop from somebody who took his hands off the suitcase to take care of other matters in the men's room at the Back Bay train station.

The suspect in the theft, which happened around 7:35 a.m. on Jan. 26, is described as Hispanic, with a goatee, and 45 to 50.

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

By - 3/12/15 - 3:49 pm

CommonWealth Magazine gets ahold of a letter from the company's then chief executive to T officials asking them to stop trying to scare off his candidates for chief maintenance officer, a position that went unfilled for months last year.

The letter said part of the delay in finding a chief maintenance officer was caused by T officials pressuring Keolis to hire the person who held that job with the previous operator of the commuter rail. The letter also said Reddell felt T officials tried to scare him off by asking him if he "really knew what he was getting into" and mentioning the possibility that Keolis "was at risk of being defaulted in early 2015."

By - 3/12/15 - 3:04 pm

Keolis today released a list of trains it says will start running again on Monday as it works to restore full service by the end of the month. The new trains should bring commuter rail back to about 75% of its pre-snow schedule.

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