Weekend Service Returns to All Commuter Rail Lines July 3

The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail  will resume weekend service on all Commuter Rail lines effective Saturday, July 3. Schedules are available at mbta.com/commuterrail.

Rail service on Saturdays and Sundays will return to the Fitchburg, Franklin, Greenbush, Haverhill, Kingston, Lowell, and Needham lines. Saturday and Sunday service will be identical across all lines.

In January, the MBTA initiated plans to match service with lower ridership levels resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring access for essential workers and transit-critical communities. As a result of these plans, weekend service was suspended on all lines except the Newburyport/Rockport, Framingham/Worcester, Fairmount, Providence, and Middleborough lines.

New Saturday and Sunday schedules will take effect on all lines, including those that have continued to operate on weekends since January. Passengers should visit mbta.com/commuterrail to view timetables and plan their trips. New schedules will represent an increase in the overall number of weekend trains operating with new, earlier options that match the needs of shift workers like essential employees in the healthcare industry.

Ridership on weekends has recovered with more than 50% of pre-pandemic ridership returning to Commuter Rail routes that have maintained weekend service.

via Press Release

This article was posted on: July 1, 2021