Roving UHub photographer Michael Halle was on hand to watch a train pull out of the new Boston Landing station on the Worcester Line this morning. New Balance paid for the station, which services both its large development along Guest Street and the rest of Brighton, which hadn't seen commuter-rail service in decades.
UPDATE: After telling commuters last night that the new Worcester Line schedule, showing Zone 1, was correct, the T this morning said, oops, no, Boston Landing will be in Zone 1A.
The good news is that the new Boston Landing station on the Worcester Line opens for service on May 22. The bad news is that it's been put in Zone 1, which means it'll cost $6.25 for a ride between there and Back Bay or South Station.
An outbound Worcester Line train gave it all it got, but that just wasn't enough to get past Framingham, so now its passengers have to wait for another train and people who were planning to come into town on the rebound ride will have to do the same.
An outbound Worcester Line hit a 59-year-old man around 6:20 p.m. at the Bacon Street bridge in Wellesley. He did not survive.
Foul play is not suspected, Transit Police report.
The investigation caused major delays in both directions on the line.
The Globe reports Keolis has put several workers on leave while it, the T and now federal safety officials figure out how and why they returned a train that had hit a barrier - with no passengers on board - back into service without repairs, which, of course, led to the train dying in the middle of the morning commute on the Worcester Line the next day.
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.
A 4:35 p.m. train to Framingham was delayed 35 to 45 minutes due to a "mechanical issue."
The T reports "moderate" delays on trains to and from Worcester.
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.
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.
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.
A rail that broke in Wellesley has wreaked havoc with the best laid plans of commuters.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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