Massive delays on the Providence Line; if you blame Amtrak, that'd be fine

An Amtrak train headed to Boston lost power this afternoon, and possibly had a bit of a fire, an MBTA commuter-rail train was enlisted to push it to Boston and now things are still bollixed up betwixt Boston and Providence.

At 7:19 p.m., Brian Moore reported that after 89 minutes, his Stoughton-bound train from Back Bay still hadn't made it to Westwood. The T was reporting similar delays from Providence to Boston.

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Not the only line

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This morning the needham line was approx 40 min delayed and tonight approx 35 min delayed.

I will say this, the new young guy who's working the pm line was very vocal about what was going on and extremely appoligitic when getting off.
Which is a huge improvement for last year during the same time.

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Last year Keolis said "we

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Last year Keolis said "we need to be better." So tonight, already 30 minutes behind schedule, the conductor tells us he hasn't been told exactly what's wrong, and has no word on when we'll be on our way. He then found out, via a passenger's email alert, that there was a power issue in Canton.

Hey, Keolis, what's with the deep, dark secrecy between management and the conductors? They have no information to pass on to the passengers - still! This, aside from fixing the problems, is what you can do better. Communication! That's how you can do better

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He then found out, via a

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He then found out, via a passenger's email alert, that there was a power issue in Canton.

Can we crowdsource everything else on the T too, like maintenance and actually operating the trains? Because the "professionals" clearly don't know how to do it.

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Was on the 4:10pm out of Providence...

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... right behind the flaming Amtrak. The rescue mission was scrapped after sitting at South Attleboro, connecting and disconnecting the trains. Add the "signal problems" due to the "severe weather".. Prov to South Station, 3 hours...

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Providence

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Hopped on the 5:40 @ South Station and got to Sharon around 7:35. Sat near Forest Hills for about an hour then some more near Readville. 2+ hour commutes are not fun.

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A bit of a fire?

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Was the fire department notified ? Who makes the decision to notify the fire department Amtrak or the MBTA?

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I'm picturing several transit

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I'm picturing several transit bureaucrats sitting around a room pointing at each other while the train burns.

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I was on the 3:30 from South

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I was on the 3:30 from South Station - we were notified by the conductor at Attleboro that there were branches on Amtrak lines somewhere ahead which had caused a fire. A moment later, a bunch of us made a move to get out here and wait for our respective rides, but then the train started moving and we were notified that we'd been told to go ahead and use the alternate track.

The sad Amtrak train sat at South Attleboro, we proceeded slowly through Central Falls & Pawtucket, but were otherwise not particularly late. It sounds like communication went down hill on all subsequent trains (as did the rush hour schedule)

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