Thursday, June 19, 2008

Trouble on the Stoughton Line

I chat with a lot of people about the commuter rail. Inevitably, many of them tell me about problems. Yesterday a woman told me about a memorable Tuesday on the Stoughton line.

The morning train (shortly before 8 AM) simply skipped the Ruggles stop completely. Track work, I presume, but apparently they didn't announce it until after the previous stop.

Then that evening the train (at around 5 PM) kept stopping to let other trains go by. When it reached Canton Junction it simply stopped...and then everyone was told to get off and wait for the next train.

So apparently the Franklin line isn't the only one that has problems. But then, we already knew that - didn't we?


Commute-a-holic said...

When they first changed the schedule on the Worcester line a few months ago, the trains were running really smooth. They were on time or ahead of schedule. Lately, though, lots of issues - trains aren't always on time. It is hard too because the new schedule essentially pushed out the times - they didn't add times. So if you're late now, you're really late.

Anonymous said...

I ride the 7.57am from canton center and take the 5.15pm back eveyrday. In the last 1-2 months those trains have easily been late 35-40% of the time. My feeling is that the MBCR could care less. Add to this that we are now paying $4 per day for parking and my boss raising his eyebrows about me systematically walking in 30 minutes late every other day and you get my drift. What will it take for MBCR to make the necessary changes or at the very least notify people of late trains ahead of time? Oh yeah....the scrolling bulletin board RARELY ever displays the late times.