2019 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

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2019 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

Postby Steve Wagner » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:35 am

A fairly frustrating Friday evening commute:

I stepped outside from Harvard Law School at 5:29 p.m. January 11 just in time to see an outbound 77 bus leave the stop on Mass. Ave. I walked to Porter. I was passed by two more buses, which I then passed before they got to Porter. I got to the platform and saw Train 421, scheduled to leave at 5:46, approaching. I boarded and got a seat. The conductor went on the PA and announced that we'd be waiting a while, because a car had gotten stuck at a crossing and a tow truck would have to move it. (When I eventually got off at Concord I asked her which crossing: it was Sherman Street, the first one west of Porter.) The train didn't move until 6:37 p.m., after which it made good time to its first stops at Waltham, Lincoln and Concord. At least on the lower deck of the double-decker I was on, people stayed in good spirits. But what a way to start the weekend!

I haven't found any news reports of this incident. But I strongly suspect that yet another motorist using a GPS system in the dark turned onto the railroad track.
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Re: 2019 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

Postby jonnhrr » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:39 pm

Looks like Friday was a bad day for the T. 506 from Worcester delayed 30 min due to having to push disabled train 584 from Boston Landing to South Station. A person hit by a Red Line train at Field's Corner resulting in busing the Ashmont branch. This all from T alerts. I was originally going to take the T to my job in Bedford but ended up driving for other reasons, although the train I was planing to take was not affected.

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Re: 2018 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

Postby petahgriff8316 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:02 pm

Big problems on the Lowell Line tonight...brush fire in Wilmington and crossing gate malfunction in West Medford. Totally unrelated but those things happening concurrently resulted in massive delays. The gates were having issues when I went into Boston from W. Medford at 4:30 and were still having problems when I finally got back around 7:25 (train scheduled for 6:30, departed at 7 or so)...we crawled at about 10 mph from the Tufts interlocking to the station...the train after ours had to stop short of the crossing for the gates to trigger (on the "small island" circuit).
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