Post Content

Lt. Governor Polito, Worcester Rail Schedule, October 7, 2015Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today announced a series of comprehensive changes to the MBTA’s Commuter Rail schedule that include the addition of non-stop train service between Union Station in Worcester and Boston, beginning in May 2016.

Upon implementation, one non-stop train will depart Union Station at 7:55 a.m. and arrive at Back Bay Station in less than one hour. Schedule modifications are also being made to add two additional zone express trains in both directions daily.

“For the first time ever, non-stop train service between Worcester and Boston in under one hour will become a reality,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “The new schedule will give commuters more options on an improved schedule that reflect the needs of today for both our residents and our economy.”

The non-stop service results in a net savings of time of approximately 30 minutes for Worcester riders. The existing commuter rail schedules for the Framingham/Worcester Line trains typically result in a trip between Worcester and Boston that takes approximately an hour and a half, and can stop as many as 16 times on its way to South Station.

Upon full implementation, the Worcester/Framingham Line schedule will consist of 11 Boston-bound trains in the morning during the peak weekday commuting window. Of that total, seven trains will originate in Worcester’s Union Station, with one train making all local stops on the line; five trains running zone express; and one train running non-stop to Back Bay Station. The current schedule only includes three zone express trains within that window.

In the evening hours, the new schedule will include nine trains leaving South Station with six ending at Union Station. Of those six, five will be zone express, and one will run non-stop from Back Bay Station. Three additional trains leaving South Station will end in Framingham.

Other Worcester/Framingham Line improvements are ongoing and consist of “de-stressing” the rail, which will reduce the need for speed restrictions during periods of sustained, extreme heat; installation of new rail, and efforts to make the Commuter Rail system more resilient during winter weather.

“Between updating the schedule and ongoing efforts to prepare the rail system to be in a better position to withstand inclement weather, we are taking major steps toward delivering on our promise to provide kinds of service our customers deserve and expect,” said MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. “While our work is far from done, we want to show our customers the continued progress as we continue to strive for a higher standard.”

The new Commuter Rail schedules are undergoing revisions and will be published in November, to take effect later that same month.

Written By:

Tags:

Recent Posts

MassDOT, MBTA, Massport: Baker-Polito Administration Prepared for Winter Weather posted on Dec 15

MassDOT, MBTA, Massport: Baker-Polito Administration Prepared for Winter Weather

With the winter weather season beginning, Governor Charlie Baker today joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez, Keolis CEO and General Manager David Scorey, and Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn at a news conference in Somerville to highlight resiliency and preparedness   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MBTA, Massport: Baker-Polito Administration Prepared for Winter Weather

MBTA: FMCB Third Annual Report: T transformation “is gaining speed” posted on Dec 15

MBTA: FMCB Third Annual Report: T transformation “is gaining speed”

Less than three years after its near physical and organizational collapse, the MBTA’s transformation into a safe, reliable, and well-managed transit system “is gaining speed,” according to the Third Annual Report of the Fiscal and Management Control Board. The FMCB was created to govern the   …Continue Reading MBTA: FMCB Third Annual Report: T transformation “is gaining speed”

Cold Weather: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving posted on Dec 15

Cold Weather: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

MassDOT reminds motorists to be prepared before traveling during cold weather. Check these tips for preparing your vehicle for winter driving and carrying important winter car supplies. Preparing your vehicle for winter driving Keeping your vehicle in top operating condition is especially important to avoid   …Continue Reading Cold Weather: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving