MBTA commuter train

USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to launch a one-year pilot of a weekday commuter rail service between Boston’s South station and Foxboro station in the town of Foxborough on September 12.

There will be 11 inbound and 10 outbound weekday trains via the Fairmount and Franklin lines, expanding on the current limited service.

A pilot service had been launched in October 2019 but was cancelled in spring 2020 because of the pandemic. ‘We continue to be committed to improving public transit across all of the communities we serve, and we look forward to analysing the pilot’s data’, said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak on August 24.

Kraft Group is offering free parking at the station for the duration of the pilot.

Abdellah Chajai, CEO of train operator Keolis Commuter Services, said ‘as passengers continue to return to commuter rail, we are proud to offer a reliable service that meets their changing needs. In partnership with the MBTA, we are offering more regular service throughout the day, and now we are expanding service to the Foxboro community. These are all examples of how MBTA and Keolis are adapting to meet the current and future needs of our commuter rail passengers.’