Worcester line

By - 3/1/16 - 10:25 am

State officials say they've had to push back replacement of the aging Comm. Ave. bridge over the turnpike by a year because of design mistakes by an engineering firm working on the project.

The delay, however, means the state is increasing the number of open lanes in each direction on the turnpike under the bridge from three to four lanes. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 9:20 pm

Tonight's commuter-rail tale of woe comes from Jennifer Emmaline, who thought her train from Worcester to Boston would leave at 7:50 p.m., only to learn that a) An Amtrak train that got to Union Station, looked around and decided that was as good a place as any to just die and b) The solution turned out to be to connect that train to her train, which would then try to pull it all the way to South Station. Read more.

By - 2/11/16 - 8:17 am

UPDATE: Not an actual sleeping homeless person; just some blankets that appeared to be a sleeping homeless person.

There's a homeless guy asleep under the Yawkey Way commuter-line stop, with his feet hanging over the tracks. Dave reports train 506 has been halted just before the station so that police can remove him.

By - 1/12/16 - 9:59 am

A rail that broke in Wellesley has wreaked havoc with the best laid plans of commuters.

By - 1/11/16 - 7:50 am

Train 204 from Haverhill is sitting in Malden going nowhere fast.

Meanwhile, west of town, a locomotive sighs and dies in Wellesley, leaving riders on train 506 out of Worcester wondering when they'll get into town.

By - 1/6/16 - 7:45 am

Or as Shuchi M puts it:

Woot, they cancelled two trains, brought a smaller train than usual, and made the express a local. Where did the fare hike money go MBTA?

By - 12/10/15 - 8:50 am
Commuters at Newtonville MBTA station

Commuters wonder: What now? Photo by Andrew Bauer.

Service in both directions on the Worcester Line was halted around 8:30 a.m. upon discovery of a suspicious package at Newtonville. Police declared the package not suspicious about 15 minutes later and trains were free to go about their business.

By - 10/14/15 - 11:35 am

State officials recently gathered to celebrate the spring, 2016 start of "bullet train" service that will get some Worcester commuters into Back Bay in an hour - which is still a couple minutes slower than the Beeliner service introduced by the Boston and Albany on May 1, 1950 (using Buddliners, no less).

H/t Ari Ofsevit.

By - 10/1/15 - 12:20 pm

Updated with Transit Police info; she did not fall off a bridge.

A woman was hit by a Worcester Line train around noon. She was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive, Transit Police say.

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 - 5/4/15 - 9:37 am

Updated.

An inbound Worcester Line train hit and killed a man on the tracks in Auburndale around 9:15 a.m., Transit Police report, adding he was "trespassing" on the tracks.

The man, white and in his 50s, was hit just past where the line crosses the Charles River.

Passengers on the train remained onboard until about 10:25 a.m., when a rescue train pulled up beside it and passengers transferred for the ride towards Boston.

At 9:46 a.m., Mike Murph reported from the train:

Conductor said someone was hit. All conductors are visibly shaken.

By - 2/10/15 - 9:04 am
Worcester Line tracks in the snow

Gamma Ray Digital shows us where the Worcester Line used to be in Allston.

OK, if you look closely, at the snow to the left of the roof at the bottom of the image, you can see a thin black line. That's all that's left of the train tracks this morning.

By - 6/30/14 - 6:07 pm

Heat and the MBTA are two things you rarely want to see in the same sentence.

Remember those heat-related speed restrictions that were supposed to go away after the state bought the Worcester Line tracks? They didn't.

Down in the tunnels, the Green Line is melting in the dark:

Hell is a disabled #MBTA train underground, at rush hour, during the summer, with a Sox home game, surrounded by sweaty people.

By - 6/20/14 - 12:07 pm

Around 10:30 a.m., Amanda Soler reported her outbound Worcester Line train was dead on the tracks near BU. Some 20 minutes later, she updated:

Engine has fuel leak, they're sending a 'rescue train'.

And then four minutes after that:

Rescue train not really rescuing. Will be towed BACK to Boston, trip cancelled.

Her final update, at 11:26:

Train finally moving, headed to Yawkey Station. Missed mtg so I really need to South Station instead.

By - 6/4/14 - 8:27 am

UPDATE: Passenger Sara DiBari reports the train got back underway around 9:30 a.m.

An inbound train hit somebody just past the train station around 8:20 a.m.

Jennifer Lombardi, on the train - the 7:35 a.m. out of Worcester - reports conductors were asking if anybody on the train speaks Portuguese (downtown Framingham has a large Brazilian community).

Sara DiBari, also on the train, reports:

By - 5/5/14 - 10:32 am

Transit Police report an outbound Worcester Line train was delayed Saturday night so police could deal with a man clad in a sombrero and poncho discovered clinging to the top of one of the cars.

According to a police report, the 28-year-old Worcester resident had a bit too much too drink on a pub crawl in Boston:

By - 4/25/14 - 10:13 am

Shortly before 9 a.m., Transit Police tweet.

The woman was hit at the busy crossing at Waverly and Concord streets.

By - 3/17/14 - 9:24 am

Unlucky Worcester Line riders, specifically those on the 582 and 506 trains, were not happy campers when they finally pulled into South Station this morning. Dave reports the 582, which had a locomotive that expired mid-route, was an hour and 47 minutes late, while the 506, which was hitched up to the 582 to push it into town, was 53 minutes late.

To add insult to injury, he reports the mega-train got passed on the way into South Station by the 508, which means he would have saved time by taking the later train, which arrived earlier than his (although still later than scheduled).

By - 2/4/14 - 7:38 am

Such as the inbound train that left this mortal coil this morning at Wollaston.

Meanwhile, Jose Duca reports his Worcester Line train got into South Station at 8 a.m. He started at Southboro at 5:20 a.m.

By - 1/30/14 - 7:25 am

Around 6:45 a.m. inbound on the Braintree side of the world.

Also, there's a switch problem slowing things down outbound on the Worcester Line.