Monday, May 20, 2013
The new system will provide more detailed service alert information via text and email.
If you regularly take the commuter rail to work every day from Hamilton-Wenham station, you likely count on "T Alerts" to update you on delays. Now, the MBTA is rolling out an entirely new alerts system next month that will change the way details are provided in alert messages. To get the new alerts, you must sign up for the new system. Riders will no longer receive alerts through the current system after it is discontinued on June 4. Through the new system users can opt to receive email or text alerts for a late train or a service interruption, much like the old system. However, the new alerts “will be clearer and more detailed with additional information regarding specific trip times, service schedule changes, and distinct directional, …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Commuter rail trains coming and going from Hamilton-Wenham stations will be allowed to carry bicycles this summer, starting on Monday.
Starting Monday, the MBTA will begin a pilot bike program that will allow bicycles on peak service trains arriving and leaving from Hamilton-Wenham station. The catch? The bikes will not be able to make the full trip into Boston during the rush hour. The T announced last week that bikes will be able to be carried on rush hour trains between Newburyport, Rowley, Ipswich, Hamilton-Wenham and North Beverly stations on morning rush hour trains. That includes trains originating from Newburyport at: 5:22 a.m., 5:50 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. No bikes will be allowed to stay on trains south of North Beverly station. Bikes will also be allowed on evening "peak service" trains heading north from North Beverly station at 5:02 p.m., 5:55 p…
Friday, April 26, 2013
After five years of waiting, the first batch of double-decker commuter 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 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, according to the …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The MBTA launched a wireless internet program at some locations and on certain cars in 2008. The transit system is now looking for a sponsor to upgrade the product at no cost to the T.
The MBTA wants to upgrade its wireless Internet service, but without spending precious tax dollars. The transit system is seeking sponsorship proposals to provide upgraded wi-fi service on commuter rail cars and at select commuter rail stations, according to an MBTA press statement in early March. The T has not said whether one of the stations included in the program will be Hamilton-Wenham station. “The MBTA’s goal is to upgrade the current WIFI service to a system wide, state of the art standard, at no cost to the MBTA and its riders,” the statement says. The sponsorship opportunity would provide the sponsor with marketing rights such as “signage and advertising in commuter rail stations, cars and ferry facilities; corporate presence on …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Fare hikes and service cuts are a few options T officials proposed in an effort to close the $130 million budget deficit in 2014.
Again this year, MBTA officials have proposed service cuts and fare increases if there is no increase in funding to close a $130 million projected budget deficit in fiscal year 2014. This week, the MBTA's Director of Strategic Initiatives, Charles Planck, said at a MBTA finance committee meeting that in order to close the budget gap T fares will need to go up 33 percent, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Locally, it would mean a $252 monthly pass from Hamilton-Wenham station woudl go up to $335. There was also talk at the meeting of a 15 percent fare increase coupled with the possible elimination of service that would include a reduced commuter rail schedule, according to the Globe. Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled an ambitious …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Transportation improvements are necessary to keep the economy growing, North Shore government leaders and businesspeople said at a forum this week.
North Shore leaders at the state and local level laid out the need for increased transportation spending this week, arguing that work will never cost less than it does now and continued improvements will help boost the economy. The forum, held at the Old Town Hall in Salem, was organized by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. In addition to a panel that included MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott and state Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian, about 100 people looked on from the audience including Wenham's MAPC representative, Harriet Davis. "Can we make the case we need to do something about transportation?" asked state Senator Tom McGee, D-Lynn, chairman of the Legislature's transportation committee. Salem Mayor Kimberley …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The last MBTA commuter train will leave Boston much earlier than usual on Friday because of the approaching blizzard.
The MBTA plans to completely halt service on Friday afternoon as the incoming blizzard is expected to really be firing up. In general, the T said service will end at about 3:30 p.m. on all subways, commuter rail trains and buses. The final train to Hamilton-Wenham station will leave North Station in Boston at 3:20 p.m. It is train No. 175 and is scheduled to arrive at Hamilton-Wenham at 4:04 p.m. The final inbound service to Boston will end across the commuter rail network at 3:30 p.m. The T has not announced when service will resume.
Friday, January 25, 2013
The cold weather on Thursday morning was the culprit for delays on the MBTA commuter rail on the Newburyport line through Hamilton-Wenham station.
Thursday morning’s bitterly cold temperatures have been blamed for delays along the North Shore commuter rail line that exceeded an hour in some cases. Train 154 left Newburyport at 5:50 a.m. headed to Boston when it experienced a dynamic brake failure at 6:09 a.m. at the Rowley station. The train was scheduled to arrive in Hamilton-Wenham station at 6:09 a.m., headed to North Station. But it ended up being about an hour late. Two other trains behind it, train 156 that was scheduled to leave Newburyport at 6:30 a.m. and train 158 that was supposed to leave Newburyport at 7 a.m., both all experienced delays. Both trains were scheduled to pickup passengers at Hamilton-Wenham station at 6:49 a.m. and 7:19 a.m., respectively, and both of those…
Monday, January 14, 2013
A new device will be distributed to conductors on MBTA conductors that will give them real-time information about trains all across the rail system.
A new pilot program being 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 hands of conductors. The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), the contractor that runs the commuter railroad for the MBTA, made the announcement on Monday. Essentially it is a unique mobile application that will allow conductors on the MBTA commuter rail system to receive real-time information about service for the first time. “The speed of technology today demands an application that gives conductors the information they need and that customers want,” said Gillian Wood, MBCR’s chief customer service officer in Monday…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Commuter rail customers of four lines north of Boston can now use smartphones to buy train tickets.
MBTA Commuter Rail riders from Hamilton-Wenham station can now use their smartphones to buy train tickets. Starting today, riders of the Newburyport line that serves Hamilton and Wenham, plus the Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill and Rockport lines in and out of North Station can use the MBTA mTicket app for iPhone and Android to purchase single or 10-ride tickets, according to an MBTA statement. The system works by displaying the tickets on the phone’s screen as a digital “flash pass” barcode, according to the statement. “Customers will now have the ability to purchase tickets without waiting in lines meaning they get more time back in their day and more control over their commute,” said Richard A. Davey, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts…