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, MBTA 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.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The MBTA’s mobile ticketing app was launched last November.
Commuters are using the MBTA ticketing application in droves, according to a new figure. 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 first-in-the-country commuter mobile ticketing program launched in November. 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.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A new device will be distributed to conductors on MBTA conductors.
A new pilot program dubbed “Conductor Companion” is being unveiled on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s commuter rail system, putting complete details about train services across the system in the conductors' hands. The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company, the contractor that runs the commuter railroad for the MBTA, made the announcement on Monday. The mobile application will allow conductors on the MBTA commuter rail system to receive real-time information about service for the first time. MBCR is funding the project, the total cost of which was not announced. The project will provide 24 conductors with specialized mobile devices – essentially modified iPhones - programmed with MBCR’s “Conductor Companion” application. At …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The service would start in July.
The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is exploring options for beginning bus service in Westborough starting in July. The main option is a shuttle starting at the Westborough MBTA commuter rail station and running to the town’s business parks along Route 9, Administrator Steve O’Neil told the Westborough Economic Development Committee this morning. The service would run two peak morning trips, a midday trip and two peak evening trips, O’Neil told Westborough Patch. Nothing has been finalized. The WRTA needs to acquire assets, such as vans, necessary to implement such a service, O’Neil said. “I don’t want to give the impression when you leave here today, the service is going to start tomorrow. That’s not the case,” O’Neil told 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. The Framingham/Worcester line stops in Westborough. 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 of signal …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The MBTA's mobile ticketing app expanded to south side commuter rail lines yesterday.
Westborough residents who take the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail can now purchase tickets using a mobile ticketing app on their smartphones. After rolling out the app for north side commuter rail lines earlier this month, the MBTA opened up its mTicket app for south side lines yesterday (including the Framingham/Worcester line), according to Metro Boston. The Framingham/Worcester line passes through Westborough. In addition to purchasing tickets and 10-ride passes, the app now allows commuter rail customers to purchase monthly passes and get a $10 discount, Metro Boston reported. As of Wednesday, the mTicket app also opened up to T commuter boats. Once a customer purchases a ticket on the phone, the system works by displaying the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
CSX's TRANSFLO facility officially opened today.
An expanded commuter rail schedule and more frequent freight trains will come out of a new, state-of-the-art facility that opened today in Westborough, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said. CSX invested more than $20 million in the TRANSFLO bulk commodity transfer site at 19 Walkup Drive, relocating the operations from Beacon Park Yard in Boston, the Patrick administration said. The move created about 106 construction jobs, with plans for eigh permanent full-time jobs there, the administration said. The agreement between the Commonwealth and CSX is “really the first of its kind in the nation," Murray said. The multi-phasee deal was first reached in 2009 and includes CSX expanding its West Springfield facility, the administration said. Murray said …
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.