May 23, 2016

HeartToHub makes inaugural ride from Worcester to Boston

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Lt.Gov. Karyn Polito joined elected and transportation officials Monday to mark the start of non-stop train service between Worcester and Boston.

The HeartToHub line that will cut 30 minutes off the morning commute took off from Union Station Monday morning.

The train left shortly after 8 a.m., marking the first time the commuter rail has run nonstop service between Union Station and Boston in under an hour. The non-stop train will run twice a day on weekdays, leaving Worcester at 8:05 a.m., and leaving Boston's South Station at 7:35 p.m. In Boston, the station stops are South Station, Back Bay, and Yawkey.

The previous Commuter Rail schedule for the Framingham/Worcester Line takes about an hour and a half to get from Worcester to Boston, and trains can stop as many as 16 times on the way to South Station.

Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said the non-stop train is part of a wider, comprehensive update of Commuter Rail schedules.

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