Weekend Commuter Rail Trains Are Back Starting In July


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Weekend Commuter Rail trains are returning to all lines after being suspended for six months.

The MBTA made the announcement on Tuesday, and said the trains would come back to the agency's Fitchburg, Franklin, Greenbush, Haverhill, Kingston, Lowell, and Needham lines after being suspended in January because of low ridership. The trains will be back starting on July 3.

The Authority said that weekend ridership on the few Commuter Rail lines that were running since January — like Providence, Framingham, and Middleborough — had bounced back more than 50%.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak called the service return "a major milestone" in the agency's pandemic recovery.

Riders will still need to wear face-coverings on the trains, and new schedules will be put into place for all lines.

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel


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