Riders on the Newburyport/Rockport Line are getting fed up, actually.
The Globe reports.
At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:
Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.
Miles on the MBTA, who usually tries to find the good in even the dowdiest T stop, finds absolutely nothing worthwhile about pitiful Hastings, a tiny little stop on the Fitchburg Line in Weston, right down to the Sharpie-drawn station sign on a plank of wood:
They...they even drew a little sign around "Hastings" and gave the MBTA website and everything! So...this is the signage. THIS IS THE ONLY INDICATION THAT PEOPLE ARE WAITING AT THE HASTINGS COMMUTER RAIL STATION ON THE FITCHBURG LINE IN WESTON, MASSACHURSETSTES! HASTINGS? MORE LIKE HATE-STINGS, BECAUSE THIS STATION IS THE WORST!
Praise to Keolis â€” not a phrase I normally use. However, I just got a call from their support folk about six minutes after I emailed a complaint. AND she resolved it.
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At least one train has already been cancelled as police investigate the 12:30 p.m. incident, but the T is bracing passengers to expect "significant delays." Mansfield Police report the person is dead - on a stretch of tracks where Amtrak trains travel at well over 100 m.p.h.
Boston Magazine reports the shih-tzu lost a leg and about 40% of its blood after being hit between Roslindale Village and Forest Hills last Thursday, but is now recovering nicely as the MSPCA puts her up for adoption.
Transit Police report a teen was hit by an inbound Worcester Line train around 8:45 p.m. in Newtonville.
Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office are investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected, police say.
Updated, 12:25 p.m.
He was hit around 12:15 a.m. The tracks run along the BU campus.
His death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, police say.
Transit Police report a male bicyclist, 25-30, rode around a crossing gate in the down position at Park Street in Somerville around 1:30 p.m. and was promptly struck and killed by an outbound Fitchburg Line train.
MIT Technology Review reports Keolis workers will soon test Android-based "smart glasses" that will let them do real-time lookups of important data or consult with colleagues remotely.
The glasses will be tested in several locations, including the large repair facility in Somerville and a smaller yard in Readville. If successful, even train drivers could one day be given pairs - to let them make emergency repairs while still on the tracks.
The T is warning of delays up to 50 minutes on the Providence Line due to "an Amtrak signal issue near Attleboro Station."
After a T locomotive died in Beverly, Pan Am Railways lent Keolis one of its old Guilford locomotives to help pull its train back to Boston - as spotted by a roving UHub photographer at Mill Creek in Chelsea.
A roving UHub photographer got front-row seats to watch a crew drag a cement truck off the commuter-rail tracks in Chelsea it had rolled on early this afternoon.
Once again, the riders of the Newburyport/Rockport Line this morning had to contend with phantom trains that exist only in a work of fiction known as "a timetable."
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