It appears as though the MBTA and commuter rail operator Keolis took concerns of Wellesley train riders seriously in reformulating its schedule.
Swellesley reader RC called our attention to a public document from the T summing up the results of public comments on proposed schedule changes (25% of all comments on proposed schedule changes related to the Worcester Line that goes through Wellesley Square, Wellesley Hills and Wellesley Farms). The most interesting revelation is a mention under Key Concerns that “earlier trains in Wellesley Station Stops make school drop-offs difficult” and that among the proposed changes in response to such comments is that “Train 510 will make all stops in Wellesley at approx. 8:30 AM.”
MBTA comment summary document
Wellesley commuters reached out to us earlier this year to urge fellow train riders to fight schedule changes, which would have put the squeeze on parents trying to drop off school-age kids during a tight designated timeframe in the morning and still catch the train to work.
According to the MBTA document, May 23 looks to be the target cutover date for the new schedule.
Meanwhile, the T plans to go ahead with various bus and subway fare increases in July.