Saturday, February 9, 2013
The transit shutdown will continue indefinitely.
[Updated Sunday, 10:48 a.m.] Looking to take the Green Line or the commuter rail in Newton? Well, you may want to keep shoveling out that car (or call a cab). As crews continue to dig out from the blizzard, MBTA service in Newton will remain suspended Sunday. Starting at 2 p.m., limited subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange and Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and the Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. The MBTA …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Wellesley Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
You can’t ride the MBTA Commuter Rail for free, which one passenger found out the hard way last week in Wellesley. Maxime H. Richardson, 29, of 35 McLellan St. Apt. #2, Dorchester was arrested and charged with evading a railroad fare at the Wellesley Square Commuter Rail Station Oct. 10. Richardson paid the fare to ride from Boston to Wellesley, but he told a conductor he wanted to go to Worcester and refused to pay the additional fare, according to Wellesley Police Lt. Marie Cleary. Richardson then “used profane language toward the conductor and refused to leave the train,” Cleary said. Wellesley Police then took him into custody. Additionally, there was a warrant out for his arrest for disturbing the peace, according to Cleary.
Friday, October 5, 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.
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. 8:10 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 Patch. Transit Police are currently investigating the incident. 7:33 p.m. The MBTA Transit Police have confirmed via Twitter that a person has been…
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.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The MBTA faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
After all the talk, public hearings and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $161 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. Wellesley falls on the Framingham/Worcester line. Meanwhile, some cuts in service—mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and the commuter rail—were also approved. Many people showed up at today's hearing and were given a chance to talk during a one-hour public-speaking session before the vote. They also chanted a chorus of "Shame on You!" …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Boston.com reported yesterday that the MBTA Commuter Rail will be slow today due to this weekend’s weather.
The MBTA Commuter Rail line through Wellesley could be delayed this morning, Boston.com reported yesterday. Trains on the Worcester/Framingham line will travel at a max speed of 30 mph west of the Southboro stop, according to Boston.com. CSX, the company which owns the tracks, imposed the speed limit for trains west of Southboro due to downed tree limbs on tracks and accumulated snow. Southboro is the fourth stop eastbound on the Worcester/Framingham line. Wellesley Patch will provide updates as they are made available.
Monday, October 17, 2011
CSX signal work is expected to be completed sometime this afternoon and delays should not impact commutes later this week.
Updated 12:40 p.m. According to an email alert from the MBCR, the CSX rail work has been exteded to 6 p.m. Monday night, meaning there will be some delays on the ride home for evening commuters. In the email, the MBCR explains that customers traveling outbound from Boston to Grafton can expect some delays in their commute. Those customers traveling between Grafton and Worcester should expect delays of up to 40 minutes. In addition, those traveling inbound from Worcester to Boston can expect delays of up to 40 minutes. The extended work is due to a back up of CSX freight trains last night that caused delays in testing the signal system, the alert said. Posted earlier: Commuters heading into work Monday morning were likely greeted with a …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Members of local Public Transportation Working Group say MBTA’s The Ride is not necessarily in question.
Wellesley could have intra-town bus service, based on a recent recommendation to join the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) by a town committee. And while Wellesley currently makes use of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s (MBTA) paratransit service called The Ride as well as commuter rail service, town officials say the proposed move will simply create new options. Wellesley’s Public Transportation Working Group (PTWG) recommends that the town join the MWRTA to establish a fixed-route bus system, which will run throughout Wellesley. The system would ideally serve to reduce traffic and increase economic vitality while adhering to the town’s emissions goals, according to the recommendation. Wellesley’s Assistant Planning …