Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’

Boston LSL Section Disrupted by Track Work

May 10, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will disrupt operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited through June 17 east of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

On Monday through Thursday Train 448 will terminate at Albany. Alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stops of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station. No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stop of Framingham.

Passengers bound for Boston Back Bay station will be bused to Boston South Station and then take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train between South Station and Back Bay.

Train 448 also will observe these schedule changes on June 5 and 12, both Sundays.

Train 449 will originate in Albany with alternate transportation provided to the missed stops of Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

 No alternate transportation will be provided for the missed stops of Back Bay and Framingham.

Passengers traveling from Back Bay have the option of boarding at Boston South or traveling on alternate dates.

At Boston South Station passengers should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

At Worcester, passengers will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

Track Work Affects Downeaster Service

May 10, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is affecting Amtrak’s Downeaster service at Woburn, Massachusetts, on Saturdays and Sundays through June 20.

Southbound Trains 690, 692, 694 and 698 and northbound Trains 691, 693, 695 and 699/1689 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill and will not stop at Woburn.

Alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.

Trains 696 and 697 will detour after May 8 between Woburn and Haverhill with no alternate transportation provided.

Track Work to Disrupt Boston LSL Section

March 27, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will affect operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited on March 28.

Train 448 will terminate at Albany-Rensselaer, New York. Alternate transportation will be provided to Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station but no alternate transportation is being provided to Framingham.

Passengers traveling to Boston Back Bay station will be bused to Boston South and take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train to Back Bay.

Train 449 will originate in Albany with alternate transportation being provided from Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

No alternate transportation will be provided from Back Bay or Framingham.

Passengers originating at Back Bay have the option of boarding at Boston South or traveling another date.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers boarding at Worcester will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not take place at the bus terminal.

There will be no business class or sleeping car between Boston and Albany on the affected date.

Downeasters to Skip Woburn This Weekend

January 13, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will result in Amtrak Downeaster trains missing their scheduled stops at Woburn, Massachusetts on Jan. 16 and 17.

Southbound trains 690, 692, 694 and 698 and northbound trains 691, 693, 695 and 699/1689 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.

Downeasters to Miss Woburn due to Weekend Track Work

November 7, 2020

Track work being performed on Saturdays and Sundays will disrupt Downeaster service to Woburn, Massachusetts between Nov. 7 and Dec. 20.

The work is being done by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and will result in Amtrak trains having to take a detour route.

Trains 690, 692, 694 and 698 and Trains 691, 693, 695 and 699/1689 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill and will not stop at Woburn.

Alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn. Trains will operate normally December 26-27.

Track Work to Disrupt LSL Boston Section

July 24, 2020

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will disrupt operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited starting July 29.

Nos. 448 and 449 will not operate between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, and passengers will instead travel on a chartered bus.

Between July 29 and Aug. 1, passengers aboard No. 448 bound for points east of Albany will disembark at the Albany-Rensselaer station and board the bus.

Buses will stop at all stations except Framingham, Massachusetts. In a service advisory, Amtrak said that during the period there will be no alternative transportation to Framingham.

The buses also will not stop at Boston Back Bay station. Those bound for Back Bay are advised to disembark at South Station and ride an MBTA or Amtrak commuter train to Back Bay.

Between July 31 and Aug. 3, No. 449 will not originate in Boston. Instead, passengers will board a bus to catch their train at Albany-Rensseleaer.

However, the buses will not serve Boston Back Bay or Framingham.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers boarding at Worcester, Massachusetts, will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. The buses will not board at the bus terminal.

During the service disruption period, there will be no business class or sleeping car service on Nos. 448 or 449.

LSL Boston Section Canceled by Track Work

July 3, 2020

Track work being undertaken by MBTA in Massachusetts will result in the cancellation of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, next week.

Between July 5 and July 11, passengers about Train No. 448 traveling to the intermediate stations in Massachusetts of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston (South Station) will get off the train at Albany and ride a bus to their destination.

No alternative transportation is being provided to Framingham or Boston Back Bay station.

Passengers for Train 449 at the same intermediate stations will board a bus between July 6 and 12 to travel to Albany-Rensselaer, where they will board the train to continue their journey.

No alternate transportation will be provided from Boston Back Bay station or Framingham.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Worcester passengers will board their bus at the main entrance in front of the station and not at the bus terminal.

No business class or sleeper class service will be provided for passengers traveling on Nos. 448 and 449 will be offered between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer.

Governors Seeking Boston-Providence Express Trains

August 31, 2019

Two New England governors are pressing for express rail service between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said they have talked with Amtrak about the service as a way of alleviating traffic congestion in Greater Boston.

The governors spoke about their efforts during the National Governors Association’s Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit in Boston.

“We need more [rail service] and it has to be faster,” Raimondo said. “Having Just driven up here this morning, I can tell you the traffic is brutal.”

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is seeking to lease equipment from Amtrak to use in a pilot program of the express service.

Among the other challenges that need to be addressed before the service could begin are capacity and scheduling issues.

Providence Amtrak Station to be Renovated

August 27, 2019

A $25 million funding package will be used to renovate the Amtrak station in Providence, Rhode Island.

The project funding includes a $12.5 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration matched by $7.25 million from Amtrak and $5.25 million from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

Work will include adding interior space by enclosing an outdoor patio, creating a more accessible location for Amtrak police in the station, improving pedestrian access to and from Providence Place Mall, and major roof repairs.

In addition to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains, the station is served by commuter trains of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

It ranks 11th out of 530 Amtrak stations nationwide for ridership and handles more than 1.5 million passenger trips a year.

Track Work Affects Woburn Service

June 3, 2019

Track work being undertaken by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will result in certain Downeaster trains not stopping at Woburn, Massachusetts, on Saturdays and Sundays through June 23.

Southbound Trains 690, 692, 694, 696 and 698 and northbound Trains 691, 693, 695, 697 and 699/1689 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill and skip their schedules stops at Woburn.

Alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.