Keolis, MBTA Expect Regularly Scheduled Commuter Rail Service for Evening Commute
Clean-up throughout the morning by Keolis and MBTA crews expected to allow regularly scheduled service this evening
BOSTON – October 30, 2017 – Keolis Commuter Services (KCS), the MBTA’s partner that operates the commuter rail, anticipates regularly scheduled train service for this evening’s commute following severe weather throughout the greater Boston area Sunday evening and into Monday morning. Heavy rain and winds impacted commuter rail service during this morning’s commute.
Ahead of the storm, KCS and the MBTA put in place response crews strategically located around the network to resolve issues as they occurred. This includes clearing trees, safely removing downed wires and performing track safety inspections before passenger service began. Having crews ready and in place ahead of time helped to lessen the impact to service.
Significant delays occurred throughout the morning across the commuter rail as crews worked to clear downed trees, branches and wires. Service was suspended temporarily for approximately one hour on the Providence line as downed trees landed on the tracks and on the overhead wires used by Amtrak trains. Amtrak crews were dispatched to resolve this issue, and inbound service resumed at approximately 7:45 a.m.
Keolis and MBTA crews will continue to work throughout the day to prepare for the evening commute. Keolis expects regularly scheduled service this evening, however, passengers are encouraged to check MBTA.com and @MBTA_CR on Twitter for updates on specific trains.
Photos of downed trees and other hazards, as well as Keolis and MBTA crews working to clear commuter rail tracks can be viewed by visiting @KeolisBoston on Twitter.
Keolis Commuter Services operates and maintains the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail system. The fifth largest commuter rail operation in North America, the system carries approximately 127,000 daily passengers throughout the greater Boston area and services 138 stations over 394 miles. KCS is a subsidiary of Keolis North America (KNA), both headquartered in Boston, and employs approximately 2,500 people throughout the region. KCS and KNA are part of Keolis Group, an innovative global leader in transit services with more than a century of passenger transportation experience and operations in 16 countries.