that convinced the managers at Keolis that there was going to be snow in the forecast. Judging by the cluster that North Station became at the tail end of rush hour, it felt more like the bad old days of February than early May.
Began with the cancellation of the 5:55 Reading train, followed by a ten minute delay on the 5:55 Beverly train. Then the 5:50 Lowell train got into the act with a fifteen minute delay. Not to be outdone, the 6:20 Haverhill train (the one all the people dumped from the cancelled 5:55 Reading train were waiting for) posted a 20 minute delay. Then the 6:20 Fitchburg train said "hey, wait for me", and promptly decided to have a ten minute delay of its own.
In the middle of all this mess, Keolis was broadcasting announcements about the pending long-term weekend closures on the Fitchburg line, including the disclaimer "No alternate service will be provided."
Now, I've been a commuter rail loyalist for 25 years, and an MBTA loyalist for 35 years. However, even I'm getting sick and tired of this nonsense.
PS to Adam - Tried to post this story on my smartphone while at North Station. Gave up after the fourth time I was randomly dumped into ads for Uber and couldn't get out without totally deleting my entry. I respect that you need to pay your bills, but can't you do something to make it easier for people to post from mobile devices without having to endure such nonsense.