WCVB reports officials are investigating how a car on the Newburyport/Rockport Line train separated from the rest of the train yesterday.
The Globe reports that the MBTA has brought back its former general manager, Dan Grabauskas, to serve as executive director of commuter rail, which means he'll be working with T officials to figure out ways Keolis, which actually runs commuter rail under a contract, can make things better. Read more.
Transit Police report arresting Robert Sanchez, 49, for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in full view of at least one woman near the fare gates at Back Bay station around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.
Sanchez was charged with open and gross lewdness, police say.
Harvard Kennedy School researchers tried to figure out the cost of a North-South rail link, find it would be between roughly $3.8 billion for a single-tunnel, two-track layout and $5.9 billion for a higher-capacity system with two tunnels and four tracks. Read more.
MassDOT reports it heard residents and elected officials who didn't like the idea of behemoth WiFi towers along commuter-rail tracks and has ordered the contractor building infrastructure for a new train-based WiFi network, BAI Communications, to come back with plans that use either existing utility poles or poles a lot shorter than 70 feet.
David Perry reports that South Station Meltdown, Take 2, is due to a problem in Tower 1, an Amtrak shed just outside South Station that handles switching trains onto the right tracks at the station. It's the second evening rush hour in a row that South Station commuters have found themselves with extra time to get a drink or three.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the MBTA didn't break any implied contract with riders when it cancelled or delayed scores of commuter-rail trains in the the Winter of Our Discontent. Read more.
Claire Blechman was among those having to transfer from a bus to a train in Salem, due to work on the Newburyport/Rockport Line that will keep it shut through Aug. 13.
The MBTA is blaming Amtrak switch issues near Readville for delays along the Providence Line now approaching 60 minutes.
Transit Police report a man, believed to be about 21, was hit by an inbound Worcester Line train near where it crosses Parsons Street in Brighton shortly before 12:40 a.m.
Foul play is not suspected, police say.
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.
The town of Canton reports.
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.
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.
All thanks to the Beverly drawbridge replacement and the Positive Train Control system installation work.
Weekday Service Plan for July 17 through August 13