MBTA Commuter Train Breaks Down, This Time On Fitchburg Line

BOSTON (CBS) – Those who run the MBTA commuter rail would like to put this week behind them.

Another commuter train broke down Thursday night, resulting in monumental delays.

This time it was on the Fitchburg line.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens talks to Fitchburg passengers

The 5:20 p.m. train developed engine trouble and had to be pushed to the South Acton stop. From there, everyone was told to get off. It resulted in a three-hour delay and a lot of angry commuters.

State senator Thomas McGee is the co-chair of the Transportation Committee.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby asked him Friday if it’s time for a change in management on the commuter rail.

“There’s been discussions with both the administration and the leaders of the T about holding their feet to the fire and we need to do that,” he said.

“All of this is happening fairly quickly, so I’m not going to make a statement today saying ‘Hey let’s dump them today,” but I think we all need to sit at the table and find out – are they able to continue to meet the requirements under the contract.”

A spokesman for the commuter rail said the train in question didn’t have a history of problems. They’re going to test it to find out exactly what went wrong.

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  • FireGuyFrank

    Wow, this never happens. Good thing these folks weren’t from the Worcester area. Imagine if one of those trains broke down.

    Oh, wait a minute…

  • jerry

    Ah that company that is coming in is it going to be called the dig out instead of the big dig.

  • Tom Fortier

    Maybe what the “T” needs to do, besides reviewing those who administer over the commuter line, is to look over the maintenance records of these trains. Also, asking an engine to last 25 years seems very long. Technology changes and the miles traveled during that time, must be harsh and unbelievably high.

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