Train from Providence dead on the tracks; riders can fret or just relax

Train 806 from Providence crossed the River Styx just north of Sharon and now it sits there, forlorn and alone, its riders literally in the dark. Tristan, on the train, looks on the bright side:

At least easier to nap in the dark.

In other T news, inbound Red Line trains have "minor" delays due to a switch problem near Andrew; inbound Orange Line trains have similar delays due to signal problems at Ruggles.

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My employee emailed me

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My employee emailed me stating "I'm stuck on a dead train. no heat, no lights, no nothing. We are waiting for a train to come get us" Second email stated "A train just passed us."

#winteriscoming

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Sharing the pain...

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...T Alerts just reported 208 from Haverhill is now dead at Wilmington, 20-30 late so far. Nice to see the north side holding it's own versus the south...

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Towns with City Charters!

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MBTA Providence/Stoughton Line Stations
http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=PROVSTOU

AMTRAK Massachusetts Train and Bus Stations
http://www.amtrak.com/northeast-train-bus-stations

Of note...
There are fourteen communities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government, though they wish to be known as “the Town of”.

They are: AGAWAM, BARNSTABLE, BRAINTREE, BRIDGEWATER, FRANKLIN,
GREENFIELD, METHUEN, PALMER, RANDOLPH, SOUTHBRIDGE, WATERTOWN, WEST SPRINGFIELD, WEYMOUTH
and WINTHROP.

There are two communities that have been granted the title of city though they do not
have wards or precincts, they are: AMESBURY and EASTHAMPTON.

The geographic center of Massachusetts is the Town of Rutland, Worcester County.
Oldest Town: Plymouth - 1620
Oldest City: Boston - 1822
Newest Town: East Brookeld - 1920
Newest City: GARDNER - 1923
Smallest by population: Town of Gosnold - 75, City of North Adams - 13,708
Largest by population: Town of Framingham - 68,318, City of Boston - 617,594

There are 14 Counties, with 39 cities and 312 towns.
Cities are in capital letters. * Indicates County Seat.
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cispdf/City_Town_Map.pdf

In most Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts publications, cities are listed in all caps, while towns are not. Towns with city charters are in italics.

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Last Friday...

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we (6:15pm out of South Station) were stuck behind a dead train on the Franklin/Forge Park Line that gave up right around Hyde Park. Sat there for about 1 hour. The frustrating part is the poor conductor had no idea what was going on since could not get information and/or was given incorrect information by dispatch.

What is concerning to me is that the commuter rail appears to be having more issues with dead trains and/or long delays (1 a week for the past month or so?) and it is not even really bad weather!

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Fighting the last war

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What is concerning to me is that the commuter rail appears to be having more issues with dead trains and/or long delays (1 a week for the past month or so?) and it is not even really bad weather!

This goes to what I have been saying for several weeks. As usual, we are fighting the last war. The chances of having a winter this year that is anywhere near as hairy as last winter is virtually nil (both statistically and because of this year's large scale weather patterns). Yet, as we can see from many recent events, we have plenty of reliability issues that appear to be unrelated to severe winter weather. I have to believe that given the T's apparent lack of resources, these "everyday" issues are not being addressed at least in part because we are still preparing for last year's snowiest in 150 years winter.

I'm sorry, but that just doesn't make sense to me (other than in the sense that pandering to foolish politicians and foolish msm outlets is something the T feels it needs to do).

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I agree.

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Another thing I want to "Ask the Manager" about (when they have the next session at South Station) is why is the 6:15pm Franklin/Forge Park, almost every night, is delayed in boarding? This is now a common occurrence. It is only 5 or so minutes, on average, but if they can't get that train to leave on time, why not change the darn schedule to have the train leaving at 6:20 or 6:25?! At least we would not have to hear the announcement "the 6:15pm Franklin is delayed" every night.

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7:30 from Haverhill

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- which goes into Boston via the Lowell Line - was stuck at WIlmington for at least 30 minutes with a mechanical problem.

Wasn't on the train, but got an alert about it as we arrived at North Station at 8:30

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Not to fret

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The MBTA has taken great pains to remind us that Winter Happens. Not to mention that, when it does, the T will intentionally reduce service.

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Those ads are too smarmy.

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Sort of like a disinterested meh response: "Hey, what's your problem, winter happens. Get over it." Yes, we live in NE. We know "winter happens" but what needs to happen more is reliable T and commuter rail service.

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"Winter Happens." Yeah, except when it doesn't.

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Even if the snow does come this year, in this kind of pattern, melting happens quickly. Just ask anyone running a ski resort anywhere in the northeast. See my earlier comment.

I agree with you though. I found those ads to be remarkably tone deaf and not helpful. I suspect that given last year's experience, and the msm's constant reminders thereof, the T won't have to worry about capacity if and when it snows. Everyone who can avoid the T in a snowstorm has now effectively been pre-programmed to do so, which as a commenter below has pointed out, is the exact opposite of what should be happening.

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Of course what the T SHOULD do

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is INCREASE service during bad winter weather so everyone stays off the roads.

This SHOULD be Common Sense 101.

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The River Styx?

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LOL .. sorry that made me chuckle.

I guess that train wasn't 'sailing away'

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