Proposed Commuter Rail Schedule Changes

To go into effect on May 23, 2016

To offer you better, more reliable service, we’ve developed updates to the MBTA Commuter Rail schedules. We’ve applied computer modeling, undertaken field testing, and increased operational efficiencies to make changes that will improve our performance and your experience.

The proposed schedule changes are designed to improve service by:

  • Reducing the incidence of delays that affect subsequent departures and multiple lines,
  • Representing more accurately the actual travel time along each line, and
  • Allowing sufficient time to perform necessary maintenance between trips.

Thank you the feedback on the proposed schedules. We are reviewing the comments and will announce new schedules once we have taken them into consideration.

Note: There are no planned schedule changes for the Kingston/Plymouth, Middleborough/Lakeville, and Greenbush Lines.

Fairmount Line Fairmount Line Schedule and Comparison
Franklin Line Franklin Line Schedule and Comparison
Fitchburg Line Fitchburg Line Schedule and Comparison
Haverhill Line Haverhill Line Schedule and Comparison
Lowell Line Lowell Line Schedule and Comparison
Needham Line Needham Line Schedule and Comparison
Newburyport/Rockport Line Newburyport/Rockport Line Schedule and Comparison
Providence/Stoughton Line Providence/Stoughton Line Schedule and Comparison
Worcester Line Worcester Line Schedule and Comparison


Click here for the Goals of the Commuter Rail Schedule Initiative
Click here for the Goals of the Commuter Rail Schedule Initiative Accessible Version
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Commuter Rail schedule changes.

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