Transportation

The Commuter Rail (Mostly) Triumphed over the Snow Storm

But one train stood for an hour without heat.


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Photo by Margaret Burdge

As people pressed their noses to office windows yesterday afternoon, watching the snow come down thick and fast, the familiar dread of a horrible commute home set in. There’s nothing quite like thousands of cold, wet commuters cramming onto a train that’s already behind schedule to end the day on a high note.

But a WCVB report in Stoughton Tuesday evening found that most commuter rail trains were running on schedule despite the snow—much to riders’ surprise, who responded to questions about whether the trains were running on time with answers like, “Yes, shockingly.”

Not all trains were so lucky. The Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough lines were held up by a disabled train at Quincy Center. Middleborough was hit the hardest, with delays up to 90 minutes, while the other lines waited for a mere 50. After all, if it wasn’t delayed, it wouldn’t be the MBTA.

A rider on the Bridgewater line told Boston 25 News that her train was held up for an hour at JFK with no power. That means no heat, no functioning bathrooms, and no moving. A spokesperson on behalf of the commuter rail reported that the train wasn’t stopped because of the storm, but because of a plain old mechanical issue.

After last Tuesday’s Pats parade commuter rail disaster, Tuesday’s delays seem like a normal day— and at least this time people were heading home.

In Boston itself, the T operated on a normal schedule all day, mostly without any major problems. In fact, the heavy snow served as an excuse to make the T look a little more hardcore, as switch heaters set the tracks on fire to melt the ice.

No trains were burnt in the making of this video.