2018 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

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2018 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:55 pm

Reduced service tomorrow, January 4th.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby deathtopumpkins » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:11 pm

Service is running, albeit with numerous delays. Apparently there was a signal problem around midday that shut down all service out of South Station, and the north side lines are running up to an hour behind schedule.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:17 pm

Not sure what line it was on, but channel 7 just had a story about a elderly couples car getting stuck on the tracks and bystanders pulled them out of the car just before a commuter rail train hit their car. They are all safe, car, not so much.


Looks like there are signal issues on the Newburyport / Rockport line right now. They just sent out a blanket alert saying that all trains are expected to experience delays, they will send out individual alerts as needed.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:24 pm

Rockburyport Line was doing fine up until noon, then the storm surge just overwhelmed it in numerous spots and caused a plethora of signal issues.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:43 am

Numerous north side cancellations this morning. Highlighting Lowell, 300, 302, and 304. Plus, 306 is 25 minutes late.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:45 am

Newburyport / Rockport still having signal issues today.

Rockport Trn 104 is canceled today due to ongoing signal issues as a result of tidal surge yesterday. Consider Trn 102 or 106.
Newburyport Train 154 (6:25 am from Newburyport) is canceled today. Riders may consider Train 156 (7:00 am from Newburyport).
The Newbury/Rock Ln is expected to be delayed 30+ min this morning due to impact of the historic tidal surge yesterday
Update: The Newbury/Rock Ln is expected to be delayed 30+ min this morning due to impact of the historic tidal surge yesterday
Newburyport Train 158 (7:30 am from Newburyport) is canceled today. Riders may consider Train 160 (7:55 am from Newburyport).
Newburyport Train 156 (7:00 inbound) is now operating 10-15 minutes behind schedule between Ipswich and North Station this morning.
Rockport Train 106 (7:10 am from Rockport) is operating 10-20 minutes behind schedule between Manchester & North Station.
Update: Newburyport Train 156 (7:00 inbound) is now operating 40-50 minutes late between Chelsea and North Station due to signal issues.
Rockport Train 192 (8:33 am from Beverly) is cancelled today. Passengers please consider Train 162 (9:15 am inbound) from Newburyport.
The Newbury/Rock Ln is expected to be delayed 30+ min this morning due to impact of the historic tidal surge yesterday
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby harshaw » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:48 am

South station is a mess because of "Amtrak signal" issues. I am sure this is covered elsewhere, but wondering why the MBTA can't take over the signaling here - it seems to be a colossal failure point.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby GP40MC1118 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:54 am

It wouldn't really matter who runs it. Believe this is residual issues from flooding from
yesterday's storm.

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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:12 pm

Looks like we will be still facing delays and cancellations for the evening rush hour as well.

As of this time signal issues on the Newburyport/Rockport lines have not been resolved.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:15 pm

Just got this text alert:

Six Newburyport/Rockport Line trains are cancelled tonight due to damage from historic tidal surge. Individual alerts will be sent.


No trains listed yet in the text alerts and the website only lists two.

Please list the rest MBTA so I can plan on which train to take home tonight.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:54 pm

Due to switch issue outside N Station, there are significant delays departing/arriving into N Station. Crews are on scene. Updates to follow


Additional trains are being canceled. Delays running over an hour.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:55 pm

Still dealing with signal issues on the Eastern


Newburyport Ln Trn 171 is cancelled due a signal issue caused by frozen salt water left by Thu's storm
Newbury/Rock Line is expected to be delayed 10-15 min due to signal issues caused by frozen saltwater left on the tracks by Thursday's storm
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:53 pm

Yup, looks like we are in for another rough night.

Cancellation
Rockport Train 113 (3:35 pm outbound) is cancelled due to a signal issue caused by frozen salt water left by Thursday's storm. Consider Train 115 (4:15 pm outbound) which will make an extra stop at Prides Crossing.
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Last Updated: Today at 03:48P
Cancellation
Beverly Train 193 (4:40 pm from North Station) is cancelled due to a signal issue caused by frozen salt water left by Thursday's storm. Train 117 (5:00 pm outbound) will make extra stops at Chelsea, Lynn, & Swampscott.
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Last Updated: Today at 03:49P
Cancellation (Upcoming)
Newburyport Line Train 171 (5:40 pm from North Station) is cancelled due to a signal issue caused by frozen salt water left by Thursday's storm. Consider Train 173 (6:05 pm outbound) will make a flag stop at River Works.
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Last Updated: Today at 03:47P
Delay
Newburyport Line Train 165 (3:15 pm from North Station) is operating 5-15 minutes behind schedule between Chelsea and Newburyport.
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Last Updated: Today at 03:44P
Delay
The Newburyport/Rockport Line is expected to be delayed 10-15 minutes due to signal issues caused by frozen saltwater left on the tracks byThursday's storm. Individual train alerts will be sent.
Last Updated: Today at 03:44P
Delay
Rockport Line Train 115 (4:15 pm from North Station) is operating 5-15 minutes behind schedule between Chelsea to Rockport.
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Last Updated: Today at 04:43P


Like this past Friday, why are the signal issues causing much more problems with the evening rush than the morning?
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby StefanW » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:08 pm

RenegadeMonster wrote:Like this past Friday, why are the signal issues causing much more problems with the evening rush than the morning?


The #1 track (outbound) is closer to the ocean and got more wet.

Just kidding! I doubt that’s it. I’ve been wondering the same thing. I’m betting it’s because the delays are building up throughout the day, so by the time the PM peak comes along the ripple effect from earlier in the day has added up.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Trinnau » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:42 pm

StefanW wrote:I’ve been wondering the same thing. I’m betting it’s because the delays are building up throughout the day, so by the time the PM peak comes along the ripple effect from earlier in the day has added up.


Close - in the morning 8 sets of equipment start out of Newburyport and Rockport, plus an empty set heads to Newburyport for 150. Those 9 trains only experience the delay in 1 direction as they come in to Boston - and they are more importantly (hopefully) on-time through the congestion at Beverly and Salem. If they are a little late for their next train it isn't as noticeable because it is an off peak train.

In the evening, there are trains out and running. They have experienced the delay outbound, and will experience the delay AGAIN inbound. If they do not have a generous turn (and most trains don't in the rush), they are likely already leaving Newburyport or Rockport late, making them late to Beverly/Salem. Compound this with the outbounds catching the delay PRIOR to their arrival at Salem, and you set up a first-come, first-serve operation with favor granted to the heavy outbound trains instead of the normally well-choreographed schedule. Now those inbound trains who made early trips are returning 20-30 minutes late and are already late for their next outbound train. You only see this at the very tail end of the inbound rush, but it starts about the middle of the evening.
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