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 …
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 …
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, August 20, 2012
MBTA commuter rail trains were delayed Monday morning after a man was struck and killed by a train in Lynn on Monday morning.
A man was hit and killed by a commuter train in Lynn on Monday morning caused extensive train delays all morning up and down the North Shore, including train from Hamilton-Wenham station. The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. on the tracks just north of the Lynn station in Central Square, according to a report in the Daily Item of Lynn. MBTA Superintendent and Chief Joe O'Connor told the Daily Item that the male victim, who was not identified, stepped on to the tracks and was struck and killed. Train service was interrupted from shortly after the accident. At 6:30 a.m., the T sent out an alert advising trainriders toseek alternatiuve transportaion. Train service was halted until about 7:30 a.m., when train riders were bussed between …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Few bids could eventually translate into higher prices years from now.
Only two companies are interested in bidding for the MBTA state rail contract. According to a Boston Globe story, twenty-five companies from all over the world initially expressed interest in competing for what is believed to be the most lucrative rail contract in North America, and one of the biggest state contracts of any kind in Massachusetts history. But only the French company Keolis and the firm that currently runs the rail system filed the necessary paperwork to bid. The T had hoped for at least half a dozen competitors to help sharpen bids for a multiyear contract that currently pays the operator nearly $300 million a year. The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad currently holds the contracts and some say, has first dibs on the new…
Friday, June 29, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting this weekend — and some routes will have decreased service.
On Sunday the MBTA's fare increases start. They're being imposed — along with service cuts — to close the transit agency's $160 million budget gap. Those service cuts also begin Sunday. There are other changes, like an increase in the surcharge for getting your Commuter Rail ticket on the train (if the station where you board has ticket machines). THE RIDE will add a more expensive $5 zone starting Oct. 1. For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system beginning Sunday, visit this T link or check out the PDFs attached to this post. Here's a look at the new costs:
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The MBTA Board approved higher fares on Wednesday as it faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
After all of the talk, public hearings, and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board of Directors voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $161 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. For commuter rail riders from Hamilton-Wenham station, that means a trip to Boston will go from $6.25 to $8. A monthly pass willl go from $210 to $252. Some cuts in service - mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and weekend commuter rail to the west and south of Boston - were also approved. None of the service cuts will …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Wenham Board of Selectmen have spoken out in opposition to planned service cuts to the MBTA commuter rail service.
Wenham Selectmen have come out in opposition to the proposed MBTA service cuts that could eliminate weeknight and weekend commuter rail service. "It would make it very difficult for people," said Molly Martins, the chairman of the Wenham Board of Selectmen. The eliminate of service after 10 p.m. on weeknight and elimination of all weekend service would be a "tragedy," she said. The board spoke out against the cuts after being urged to chime in by state Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich. Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren encouraged the board to take a position "since we do have a train station in town." The Wenham selectmen's opposition came on Tuesday night, at the same time the proposed service cuts and fare hikes were being criticized at a public…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The MBTA on Tuesday unveiled a plan to balance the 2013 budget that would include fare hike and service cuts for commuter rail riders on the North Shore.
Commuter rail riders on the North Shore could be facing a 23 to 44 percent hike in fares later this year under a new fare structure proposed by the MBTA on Tuesday. The proposal also includes completing eliminating weekend commuter rail service as well as cutting all train service after 10 p.m. on weeknights. Salem and Beverly stations are the second and third most-used stations, respectively, across the entire commuter rail network in eastern Massachusetts. About 20 hearings have been scheduled in the coming weeks to hear feedback on the proposal. If approval by T leaders, the changes would go into place on July 1. Under the proposal, a one-way trip from Salem to North Station in Boston, for example, would go from $5.25 to either $7 or $7…