Friday, April 26, 2013
After five years of waiting, the first batch of double-decker coaches left from North Station Wednesday morning.
Passengers aboard three brand new commuter rail cars, which left from North Station Wednesday morning, took a ride that was five years in the making. The MBTA announced Wednesday that three of the 75 new double-decker commuter rail coaches built by Korean company Hyundai-Rotem were in service. The cars left from North Station toward Haverhill at 10:30 a.m. on April 24. “We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said in a statement. “These new coaches will do just that, with a cleaner, more informed and more comfortable trip for all on board.” The coaches will service the north side of the commuter rail system before operating throughout the system in the coming weeks, …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Trains throughout the region have been and will continue to be affected today because of a downed wire at the Forest Hills MBTA station.
A downed Amtrak line wire at Forest Hills station caused delays on multiple area trains this morning – and the delays could continue through tonight’s commute. A New York-bound Acela train’s overhead wire fell while passing through the station at 5:45 this morning knocking out power to the train, according to Boston.com. This blocked one mainline track to and from South Station, according to the site. The wire was live so multiple lines that run along that course had to be shut down during peak morning commute hours, the story says. Delays could extend through the afternoon commute hours while the trains get back on line.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Plan your trip home accordingly
If you braved the elements and took the T 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.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The move is part of a legislature-approved reorganization of the Department of Transportation board structure.
The governor has dismissed every member of the Department of Transportation board. If any of them want their unpaid jobs back, they'll need to reapply for membership in a new, bigger board that will include the DOT chief as an ex officio member. Lawmakers approved the board shake-up last month as the legislative session ended. Of course there are politics at work here — some outspoken board members figure they won't be appointed to the new body. The Boston Globe has all the details on the shakeup, including why some say a big new commuter rail contract is essentially rigged to go to a crony of DOT leadership. [Subscription may be required to read link.]