May 17, 2017

While Worcester line lags, MBTA’s commuter rail performance ticks up

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Michael Norton / State House News Service

Commuter rail performance is on the uptick -- but not on the Worcester line.

BOSTON — Commuter rail riders might be experiencing some welcome deja vu, as the commuter rail vendor’s on-time performance last week [May 7-13] was at its highest point in more than two years.

Refurbished locomotives put back into service have helped Keolis Commuter Service notch its best record of showing up on schedule since before historic snows in January and February of 2015. That snow caused historically bad service on the MBTA, leading lawmakers to place it under the direction of a control board.

The commuter rail run by Keolis was also pummeled by the snow and cold two years ago, and it has recently been hampered by a lack of available locomotives, bad news for a system trying to gain public confidence. In April, an MBTA official said locomotive unavailability led to 17 cancellations in one day.


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