Sen. Jamie Eldridge Says Commuter Rail Delays Highlight Need For Infrastructure Investment

BOSTON (CBS) — There were big problems on the commuter rail Wednesday and State Sen. Jamie Eldridge knew early on that would make for a long day for a lot of people.

Switching issues caused delays and cancellations on numerous commuter rail lines Wednesday morning. Sen. Eldridge (D-Acton) said the latest round of what he called routine issues again highlights the state’s need to invest in its infrastructure.

“I woke up around 6 a.m. this morning, checked my phone and social media and saw the posts and tweets about the Worcester commuter rail,” Eldridge told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens. “People who are already going to miss their 8 or 9 a.m. meetings.”

The issues on Wednesday spanned the Framingham, Worcester, Greenbush, and Kingston/Plymouth lines. For Eldridge’s constituents though, he says issues on the Framingham/Worcester and Fitchburg lines are habitual. On Twitter, Eldridge sought answers.

Keolis, the company that runs the commuter rail, told Eldridge on social media switching issues began around 6 a.m. and were fixed as of 8:15 a.m. They apologized for the inconvenience, but Eldridge said it’s just another sign legislators need to commit to investing in the infrastructure.

“At the end of the day, if we’re not investing more money in the tracks, and the new cars, and the dispatch, I really don’t think it’s going to improve very much,” he said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

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  1. Alan B Flood says:

    As usual the democrats want higher pay – time to show you have the skills to fix problems to justify the higher pay. The MBTA problems are the result of many different issues within their realm, but the one constant has been that our legislature has been controlled by the democrats probably as long as I have been living (69) – I certainly can’t remember a repubbie controlled legislature. During that time we have seen sales tax brought in and raised several times, we have seen personal income taxes raised, we have seen gas taxes go up, tobacco taxes go up, fees and permits charges go up. But no one in the legislature has come up with a fix for the problem – while dumping a ton of money on a problem never fixes the problem and maybe privatizing doesn’t fix the inherent problems. Maybe getting real conservative business background folks in the legislature might fix things – dump the lawyers on Beacon hill and bring in real business people to fix the problems. And that includes you Mr Eldridge – if you want visibility so you can run for Governor suggest you find a way to respond to the deplorables instead of the starbucks crowd – Progressives create more problems then they solve because they keep needing more buckets of money to throw at a problem – when will we learn it is people who fix problems not tubs full of money.

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