Monday, April 29, 2013
The train will make one stop in Framingham on the way.
The MBTA is launching an express train connecting Worcester and Boston today, according to New England Cable News. The commuter rail trip will leave Worcester at 6:20 a.m. and stop just once, in Framingham at 7 a.m., before arriving at South Station just after 7:45 a.m. This new service will cut approximately 20 minutes from the usual trip, "T" officials told NECN. The new express train will leave South Station and head to Worcester at 5:35 p.m. The cost for a round-trip ticket is $20.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The MBTA’s mobile ticketing app was launched last November.
Commuters have quickly taken to using the MBTA ticketing application, the first-in-the-country commuter mobile ticketing program launched in November, according to a new figure released today. The MBTA mTicket program surpassed $1 million in sales Tuesday morning when a Lowell customer purchased the application, according to Joshua Robin, MBTA's director of innovation. Robin said sales have surpassed expectations, adding that 9.58 percent of all ticket sales on the MBTA are through the mobile application. The system works by displaying the tickets on the phone’s screen as a digital “flash pass” barcode. The app is available for iPhone and Android and applicable to most MBTA commuter rail lines. The mTicket program can be used on the …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The delays are due to a downed wire on the Amtrak line.
After facing delays and cancellations earlier today, passengers on south side commuter rail lines are likely to experience more delays during the afternoon commute. Commuters traveling on commuter rail lines out of South Station, which includes the Framingham/Worcester line, should anticipate 15- to 30-minute delays during tonight's peak hour service, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). The Framingham/Worcester line stops at Natick Station. The delays are due to an "Amtrak infrastructure issue" that occurred earlier this morning, the press release said. Around 5:10 a.m., the Amtrak rail line experienced a downed wire in the Forest Hills area, affecting eight miles …
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.
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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.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Several inbound trains, including the P506, P508, P510 and P512, are facing delays.
After Friday evening was filled with delays on the Framingham/Worcester line, local commuters heading into the city this morning are facing more train delays. According to MBTA alerts, several Framingham/Worcester inbound trains including the P508, P510 and P512 are facing 10- to 20-minute delays due to a mechanical failure and an earlier medical emergency. The P506, which appeared to be involved with the mechanical and medical issue, was facing 35- to 40-minute delays as of 8:30 a.m., according to the alerts. Outbound trains did not appear to be affected until 9:30 a.m., when an alert indicated the P509 outbound train was experiencing 10- to 15-minute delays due to earlier delayed trains. The Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Encouraging public transportation has many benefits, the congressman says.
U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Massachusetts, visited the Grafton MBTA station this morning to make the case for extending tax benefits for commuters, including those in Natick. “It shouldn’t cost more to travel to work than your paycheck,’’ he said, his comments at times drowned out by the rumble of the commuter trains. Currently, commuters who drive to work and park are eligible for up to $240 in pre-tax benefits per month from their employer. By contrast, in January 2012 commuters taking mass transit such as commuter rail, subways, buses or vanpools saw their benefit drop from $230 to $125 a month. Failing to extend equivalent tax benefits to commuters only encourages people to use their own vehicles, which creates gridlock on the roads, …