Wednesday, April 17, 2013
"Police activity" was cited as the reason.
UPDATED, 9:20 a.m.: Framingham Police Lt. Ronald Brandolini said the train was evacuated because a call came in from someone concerned. The called said someone said something to the effect of "I wouldn't want to be on this train." He said the MBTA transit police are investigating. UPDATED, 9:15 a.m.: Police have cleared the train and the scene, according to scanner reports. 8:45 a.m.: Police evacuated a commuter rail train in Framingham this morning, according to CBS Boston. The MBTA tweeted that police activity caused the evacuation. It was an inbound train. According to CBS, the MBTA tweeted "We appreciate our riders patience during our responses to suspicious or unattended items."
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The $1 billion contract to operate the Boston’s commuter rail system is the largest contract in state history.
One company might soon stand alone in a bidding race for a $1 billion commuter rail transit service contract. Keolis America Inc. is reportedly ready to drop out of the bidding because the MBTA is withholding key information including labor costs, according to Boston.com. The only other group to submit a bid, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail, already operates the system. A Keolis official has accused MBTA of withholding information on purpose to force them to back out, according to Boston.com. Over 70,000 riders use the commuter rail every day. A Mass Bay Commuter Rail spokesman told Boston.com they have supplied Keolis with 10 gigabytes of information on the system, calling Kelios’ accusations “false, inflammatory and quite frankly …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Commuters should stay tuned to news outlets and T alerts for updates on service.
Although tonight's storm will likely bring more rain than snow to the area, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad is making sure local stations are prepared. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 7 tonight until 1 a.m. Friday. According to a press release issued Wednesday evening, the MBCR is deploying engineering crews to all commuter rail stations to clear snow and salt walkways. The MBCR said in the press release it is not anticipating any delays, but commuters should stay tuned to local media outlets, the MBTA website and MBTA's T-Alerts for updates on service. In addition, the MBCR urges commuters to be careful while boarding and exiting trains tonight and during the morning commute Thursday. The following is a press release…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Plan your trip home accordingly.
If you braved the elements and took the T or commuter rail to work this morning, pack up your stuff now: The MBTA will shut down service at 2 p.m. due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy. According to the T website, the service suspension includes subway, bus and commuter rail service. Ferry service had already been suspended earlier in the day. The Ride remains open but users are "strongly encouraged" to call the contractor for their area to see if service is available.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
A deal was finalized between the state and CSX that transfers ownership to the commonwealth.
Starting Oct. 29, commuter rail riders between Worcester and Boston will see an increase in options, according to Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. Murray said an agreement had been completed with CSX to tranfer ownership of the rail tracks and control of operations along the Framingham/Worcester line from CSX to the state. The increase in service will include three new inbound and three new outbound trains between the two cities for a total of 31 stops arriving or departing Worcester station. There will also be one inbound special express and one outbound special express next spring. The goal of 20 roundtrips will be hit a year from now, according to Murray's office. “Since the restoration of limited commuter rail service to Worcester in 1994, …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The incident reportedly happened near Exit 17 on the Mass. Pike.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Update 9:27 p.m. Police are saying the man who was struck and killed tonight by a Framingham/Worcester commuter rail train was a 58-year-old Maryland resident, according to MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo. According to MBTA alerts, Framingham/Worcester commuter rail trains are facing more than 60 minute delays due to the incident. 8 p.m. MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo has confirmed that a 40-year-old male railroad trespasser was struck and killed this evening by an outbound commuter rail train on the Framingham/Worcester line. The incident happened around 6:40 p.m., Pesaturo said in an email to Newton Patch. Transit Police are currently investigating the incident. Update 7:33 p.m. The MBTA Transit Police have confirmed via Twitter that a …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The state is taking over the rail lines between Boston and Worcester next month.
The 45 miles of rails between Boston and Worcester will be managed by the state starting next month, according to the telegram.com. This means more service between the two cities as well as bridge work that will allow for double-decker trains to service a longer area. According to the telegram.com, Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray said he expects transportation officials to announce service increases of 13.5 trips per day to 20 within the next year.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wellesley Police are reporting crews have struck a gas main on Rockland Street and Commuter Rail trains have been halted.
UPDATED 4:31 p.m. Problem has been fixed and MBTA says trains running on schedule. *** Passengers traveling on the Framingham/Worcester Line this afternoon are likely to see some delays after a gas main was struck in Wellesley. According to an email alert from the Wellesley Police Department, a gas main was struck on Rockland Street. As a result, all CSX and MBTA trains on the Framingham/Worcester line through Wellesley have been halted. The Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line has a station in downtown Framingham. The MBTA issued an alert saying the P515 1 p.m. outbound train was experiencing 45- to 60-minute delays due to a "fire emergency." The train was being held at Auburndale station. The P522 2:09 p.m. inbound train has been…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Framingham/Worcester line is reporting that 94.7 percent of trains were on-time in February, but is this enough?
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company has released February commuter rail data for February, reporting that 94.7 percent of trains on the Framingham/Worcester line were "on-time" in the last month. This number is a record-high, according to a statement from the company. In December, 2011, the on-time percentage was recorded at 92.7 and in January at 93 percent. In today's poll question, we're asking, is this number high enough? Are you pleased with the commuter rail performance and what could be done to further improve your experience? Answer our poll question and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.