Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commuter Rail customers of four lines can now use smartphones to buy train tickets.
Customers of four MBTA Commuter Rail lines can now use their smartphones to board the train. Starting today, riders of the Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill and Newbury/Rockport can use the MBTA mTicket app for iPhone and Android to purchase single or 10-ride tickets, according to an MBTA statement. The system works by displaying the tickets on the phone’s screen as a digital “flash pass” barcode, according to the statement. “Customers will now have the ability to purchase tickets without waiting in lines meaning they get more time back in their day and more control over their commuter,” said Richard A. Davey, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the statement. Customers will also benefit from not having to …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Plan your trip home accordingly.
If you braved the elements and took the T or commuter rail to work this morning, pack up your stuff now: The MBTA will shut down service at 2 p.m. due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy. According to the T website, the service suspension includes subway, bus and commuter rail service. Ferry service had already been suspended earlier in the day. The Ride remains open but users are "strongly encouraged" to call the contractor for their area to see if service is available.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The MBTA is looking far and wide for a company to run its commuter rail service.
Before the T shells out billions on a new long-term, commuter-rail-service contract, it’s first spending nearly $3 million on an international search to attract the best applicants, according to the Boston Herald. The T is looking for a company to run its commuter-rail-service operations over the next five to possibly 30 years, as its current, roughly $250 million-per-year contract with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) expires June 2013. MBCR plans to bid aggressively for the new deal, according to the Huffington Post. The company, which has been in place since 2003, has received some criticism during its tenure, primarily for weather-related delays. However, MBCR officials defended their record in January. Half of the …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Riders will have the chance to use their smart phones as tickets on the commuter rail this fall.
Not long after the MBTA announced its approval of a plan to increase fare hikes and cut back some service, the company has now made it easier for Commuter Rail riders to pay for their service. Along with a transit mobile ticketing company, the MBTA will bring mobile ticketing to riders of the commuter rail in the fall of 2012, according to a report Monday in the Boston Herald. Through the new service, iPhone, Android and Blackberry customers will be able to download an app that will allow them to buy tickets and passes. Riders can then use the display on their phone screens as their tickets. So, whether you frequent Islington Station or the Rte. 128/Amtrak Station in Westwood, residents who use the commuter rail in town will have another…
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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If you rely heavily on public transportation out of Westwood in your everyday life, whether from Westwood Station or Islington Station, you'd better get ready for some changes. According to the state's transportation website, there are two MBTA scenarios for the near future and both would feature fare increases and cuts to services. Those cuts could include elimination of commuter rail services after 10 p.m. during the week and completely on the weekend. "While the MBTA continues to identify and adopt strict measures to close the budget gap, less costly ways of doing business and additional revenue-generating measures are necessary," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. "I am confident with the public’s involvement …