2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby BandA » Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:19 am

acela 2036 wrote:Worcester notice: significant delays are expected for all Framingham/Worcester trains due to Police Activity near W Newton Station. Alternative modes of transportation is suggested.

Train 528 struck a trespasser it looks like
Channel 5 said West Newton and ran footage showing intersection of Langley Rd & Beacon St by the Newton Center green line.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby deathtopumpkins » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:56 am

It was a trespasser fatality around 8:45 pm near Newtonville. Some kid walking on the tracks.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby ohalloranchris » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:54 pm

Amtrak Trespasser Strike in Mansfield the afternoon of Thursday 9/22/16. Trains were stopped, now operating through at restricted speed (not sure if limited to one track). Delays expected. Football extra tonight as well.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:40 am

Train 304 cancelled due to "multiple equipment issues." And 302 is short a car :(
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby jaymac » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:11 am

Dunno details, but at 0901/09-27-2016, D-3 told 408 that 410 would be coming beside them and taking passengers.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:22 pm

4:48 and 6:05 Reading turns also cancelled tonight. Trains 293/4 and 295/6.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Arlington » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:29 pm

Why has this happened twice (at least to 294) in the last 10 days? A 20% Cancellation rate? (my daughter rides this train, so I've started to follow it) The problem when 294 cancels is that it leaves a 2-hour gap in a weekday rush hour schedule (from 4:50p to 6:55p) admittedly it is counter rush, but, c'mon.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:35 pm

They get cancelled because they're light ridership trains. The "short turns" (rush hour locals to Beverly, Reading, Anderson, or Littleton) became a lot more scarce with the recent schedule change. Only the Haverhill Line still has several of them at both rush hours. Before the schedule change, the Anderson turns were the ones on the chopping block. Basically, when there aren't enough train sets to cover the rush hour, they start looking for the trains with the lightest ridership, alternate service (another train, or another transit service), and no need to position equipment. The short-turns all come back to Boston (they "turn") and thus their sets don't need to be positioned for the next rush hour (i.e., many Haverhill PM peak outbounds lay up at Bradford for the AM rush the next morning - need to run the train regardless just to get crews home and position the set). With so few short-turns left, it means the Reading trains are often the victims.

This does create a huge gap in inbound service unfortunately, but part of the thinking is likely that buses 136 and 137 provide parallel service from Reading inbound. No one likes substituting a slow bus for the train, but that's probably the best fallback for when this happens.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Trinnau » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:17 pm

You got it, and most of the short turns are either followed by or immediately follow an express, so they can have the express make all stops and handle the rush hour passengers - even though the train will be pretty full they'll get people home. The reverse-peak "turns" are out of luck.

By the way, the service alert they sent out yesterday for 294 actually does advise riders to use the 136 bus, departing Reading at 5:50pm.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:05 am

North: 304 cancelled again this morning. Second time this week. It creates a 42-minute gap on the Lowell line.

South: 900 (first Stoughton inbound train) cancelled this morning. Also, Fairmount 750/751/752 cancelled; service replace by a VW Microbus :wink:
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:10 pm

Looking like all Reading turns cancelled again Thursday night.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:38 am

Overstated for last night - they only cancelled 293/294 and 295/296. At least they are reminding folks to use the bus (136/137) instead. I was on 219 last night, which is the train that makes up the slack for 295 getting cancelled - and it was a 4 car set. Thanks, Keolis.

Friday morning 304 is cancelled again - that must be the most expendable train around in the mornings now that 352 is gone.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:19 am

Lowell Train 313 (10:15 am outbound) is terminated at Anderson/Woburn due to a mechanical issue. Passengers will board Train 315 and continue into Lowell.

Lowell Train 320 (11:15 am from Lowell) is cancelled today due to a mechanical issue. Train 322 (12:15 PM from Lowell) will be the next inbound train.
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:58 am

So.... KCS decides to provide limited bus service and an extra train. Good. We learn this at 11:32am.
An LRTA bus will replace service from Lowell into Anderson to accommodate cancelled Train 320's passengers. An extra train will wait for passengers at Anderson and travel into Boston.
Last updated: Oct 06 2016 11:32 AM

At 11:47am we learn the train has departed Anderson heading inbound. Great!
The extra train has departed Anderson/Woburn and is approaching West Medford.
Last updated: Oct 06 2016 11:47 AM

But then at 11:53 we learn the train isn't really inbound, but rather still at Anderson waiting for the bus. Oops.
Correction: The extra train is still at Anderson/Woburn waiting for the LRTA buses to accommodate passengers.
Last updated: Oct 06 2016 11:53 AM

Maybe they meant to say on the second message that the train had departed NORTH STATION and was approaching West Medford on its way to Anderson?
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Re: 2016 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:11 pm

Lots of short-turn cancellations today (Monday 10/10, Columbus Day - but running weekday service). 100 appeared to hit a tree this morning out of Rockport, ever since there's been short-turn cancellations. Beverly and Littleton in the AM, Reading turns for the afternoon.
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