MBCR: Worcester 4-Hour Train Ride ‘Frustrating For Everybody’

BOSTON (CBS) – The MBTA’s problems appear to be moving from bad to worse.

Several commuter rail passengers were livid Monday night when their train took four hours to get from Boston to Worcester.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Karen Twomey reports

It left Boston at 5 p.m., then it broke down in Newtonville. Another train helped push it all the way to Worcester, where it arrived at 9 p.m.

The same train was reportedly three hours late during the Monday morning commute.

WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud reports

A spokesperson for the MBCR, which runs the commuter rail, initially issued a brief comment Monday night, saying it was “very unfortunate.”

Spokesman Scott Farmelant had a more detailed statement Tuesday for WBZ-TV:

“The significant delays experienced by our customers on the Framingham/Worcester line last evening, which reflect the age of the commuter rail locomotive fleet, are extremely frustrating for everybody involved with MBTA passenger rail service. Both the T and MBCR recognize the need for renewed investment in equipment and are actively pursuing opportunities to lease additional locomotives.”

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