November 9, 2017

Framingham/Worcester MBTA schedule to change

Grant Welker
Riders on the Framingham/Worcester line will see schedule impacts of two to 25 minutes.

The MBTA and operating partner Keolis Commuter Services announced on Wednesday new fall schedules impacting the Framingham/Worcester line by up to 25 minutes.

Changes are designed to take advantage of new track infrastructure, eliminate freight conflicts and minimize train congestion, the organizations said in a press release.

Some off-peak trains on the Framingham/Worcester, Haverhill and Lowell lines will see changes of between two and 25 minutes. The finalized schedule will be released Nov. 20.

All changes to peak service trains are five minutes or less, with the exception of the Lowell train 391, which will depart 13 minutes later from South Station, Keolis and the MBTA said.

"Responding to multiple requests from passengers nine additional Framingham/Worcester line trains will make either flag stops or early departure stops at Boston Landing station," MBTA and Keolis said. "These are indicated on the schedule with "f" and "L" for flag stops and early departure stops respectively."

In a statement, Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey said the company is looking to improve passenger experience.

"This fall schedule change is another step towards these goals by taking advantage of investments in rail infrastructure and a deep analysis of timetables with our partners at the MBTA," he said.

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