Commuter Rail Schedule Changes on Hold

The new schedule was to start next Monday.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
The new Framingham-Worcester line commuter rail schedule set to go next Monday is on hold "due to ongoing work at the new Yawkey Station," MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said Wednesday.

"The new schedule cannot go into effect until the station platforms can fully accommodate both inbound and outbound trains simultaneously," Pesaturo said.

"In addition, the MBTA is taking under consideration some schedule changes suggested by customers and local officials.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the delayed implementation of the new schedule.  The MBTA looks forward to bringing improved service to the customers of the Framingham/Worcester Line as soon as possible."

Locally, the line includes stations in Westborough, Southborough, Grafton, Worcester, Ashland, Framingham, Natick and West Natick.

The schedule for Westborough's new bus service was to change next Monday to align with the new train schedule.

The current schedule will continue until the train schedule changes, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Project Manager Jonathan Church said.

"Once the MBTA announces a new start date for commuter rail service, we will be prepared to adjust the shuttle schedules accordingly," he said.

"From what I have heard in the news, the MBTA is saying this will happen within weeks and not months, so we are standing by."


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