With the completion of the new Yawkey commuter rail station in Boston, the MBTA’s new Worcester-to-Boston train schedule will kick off Monday, with some good and some bad for Wellesley riders.
Overall, the T’s much expanded rail service along the line will add 20 weekday and 9 weekend trips.
State Rep. Alice Peisch announced that the “new schedule reflects numerous meetings and conversations with MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott and other MBTA representatives over the past several weeks expressing resident concerns with the schedule released in January. It reflects positive changes, including an additional train during peak evening travel that will stop in Wellesley and changes to a morning train that will make a 9am arrival time for work more possible. This schedule also reflects concerns raised by residents in other communities serviced by the Framingham/Worcester line.”
The MBTA originally released a schedule in January that significantly reduced service to Wellesley stops during peak service hours, according to Peisch.
Not all commuters are happy even with the revisions. For example, one reader wrote to us noting that “For some reason, the Wellesley ‘express’ trains (8:30am inbound from Wellesley Square and the outbound 5:40pm South Station/5:46pm from Back Bay to Wellesley Hills) have been eliminated. Those two trains were very popular — as a daily rider I am very disappointed in the new schedule.”
Indeed, if you want any sort of express train out this way, you’ll need to go to West Natick or Framingham. The 8:18am train skips a couple of stops on the way in to Boston from Wellesley Square and Wellesley Hills.
The commuter rail, meanwhile. remains pretty useless for anyone living out this way who wants to stay in Boston for anything lasting much past 11pm. The T has been experimenting with late night service in Boston, so there’s hope.