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New MBTA Framingham/Worcester Schedule Includes Rush Hour Express Stops

Sen. Karen Spilka: “I am thrilled that the new Framingham/Worcester line schedule now best reflects the needs of MetroWest commuters, our local businesses and our community.”

Courtesy: Karenspilka.com
Courtesy: Karenspilka.com

The MBTA announced this week a new Framingham/Worcester line commuter rail schedule, boosting service on the entire line, including the addition of trains and stops in Framingham, Ashland and Natick. 

The schedule will go into effect on March 10.

“Public transportation must be dependable, reliable and consistent for all commuters,” said State Senator Karen Spilka, who represents Framingham. “I am thrilled that the new Framingham/Worcester line schedule now best reflects the needs of MetroWest commuters, our local businesses and our community.”

Earlier proposed changes to the schedule eliminated important rush hour express train stops in Natick and Framingham, resulting in significant gaps in service during critical commuting times, said Spilka. 

Spilka's office said it heard from many constituents who rely on the commuter rail for transportation to and from Boston and have chosen to live in these areas based on their close proximity to commuter rail stops.

In response to these concerns, Spilka worked closely with the MBTA to maintain the beneficial increases in service for Ashland and restore the cut express train stops in Framingham and Natick.

The new schedule includes morning and evening rush hour express trains include a stop in Framingham, and the evening rush hour commute includes an added stop in Natick.

The MBTA Worcester/Framingham commuter rail line is about 45 miles long.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience,” said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott in a press release. “We’re very excited about launching this new era in the continuing process of improving the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail Line.”

The new schedule follows the completion of renovations at the Yawkey commuter rail station.

To view the new schedule, visit http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/Documents/Schedules_and_Maps/Upcoming_Schedules/Commuter_Rail/Worcester.

Mary Gonzales February 28, 2014 at 01:02 PM
What does this mean for downtown traffic? Should we expect the gates to be down more putting traffic at a standstill?
Scott Wadland February 28, 2014 at 01:32 PM
It looks like they only added a few more trains (there are now 24 inbound and outbound instead of 22 inbound and 21 outbound) and the new ones are later at night so I wouldn't expect a big impact. If you're concerned about traffic, consider that almost 13,000 people ride the Framingham/Worcester line every day - imagine the impact of an additional 13,000 cars driving all the way to and from work instead of just driving a few miles to the train station.
D Penta February 28, 2014 at 04:19 PM
I want to know when they are going to put the trains underground so there is not that traffic jam downtown everytime a train pulls in and pullsout!!!!
Dave Lenane February 28, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Until those tracks are dealt with, Downtown Framingham will always remain the eyesore it is. A downtown is supposed to be a destination, not a place you dread going because it will take you forever to get thru there on account of train traffic. And let's not forget that silly Rotary. Where is Tom Sannicandro now to give us an update on the project he proudly announced in 2012? If you see him could you ask? Don't you remember the day the HACKS were down there in front of the Bank of America ATM announcing what a GREAT day it was for Framingham? I believe the Patch covered it. Now I ask you Susan if you could follow up on it and get back to us! Thanks!
Bill Jantzen April 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Put the tracks underground? They run right past Farm Pond. Dig a hole there and it will fill up with water.

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