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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Shortly before 9 a.m., Transit Police tweet.
The woman was hit at the busy crossing at Waverly and Concord streets.
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).
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.
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.
Trains on the Worcester, Fairmount and Franklin lines have been cancelled this afternoon because of what MBCR says is "a shortage of equipment."
Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.
Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.
Roving UHub photographer Will Kilburn reports:
State officials said they've completed their takeover of the rail line between Boston and Worcester from CSX, which means commuters on hot days will see far fewer delays due to speed restrictions that had been imposed by the freight line.
Also, sorry, troublesome trucks: With dispatching now under MBCR control, commuter-rail trains now get priority in dispatching; under CSX, if a dispatcher had to choose which train would go first, freight would always win. And:
Transit Police report that when officers caught up with William Mitchell, 36, traipsing inbound along the Worcester Line tracks in West Newton shortly after noon yesterday, they asked him what the hell he thought he was doing.
The Worcester Line has trouble in cold weather. It also has trouble in warm weather - the MBTA just announced speed restrictions on the line because of the high temperatures.
The Boston Business Journal reports the Department of Transportation's Finance Committee this week approved a plan under which New Balance will build a new Worcester Line station near its impending new Brighton complex. The stop will be called Boston Landing.
The T begins express-train service between Worcester, Framingham and Boston next week that will shave roughly 23 minutes off a Worcester rider's trip.
A morning express train will leave Worcester at 6:20 a.m. each weekday, stop at Framingham at 7 a.m. and then pull into Back Bay at 7:37 a.m. and South Station at 7:43 a.m. In the afternoon, a train will leave South Station at 5:35 p.m. and Back Bay at 5:41 p.m. and pull into Framingham at 6:13 p.m. and Worcester at 6:43 p.m.
The state is planning to increase the total number of round trips on the Worcester Line to 20 by October.