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Published in Trains magazine, Railfan & Railroad, Passenger Train Journal

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

MBTA adds rail trips

Starting Oct. 30, the Lowell commuter rail line may become a better ride as commuters on Interstate 93 and Route 128 pull into Woburn’s Anderson regional

transportation center and find a faster, less crowded way to get to Boston.

The Boston Globe reported on October 8 After the “Big Dig” tunnel ceiling collapse in July, the T added several mid-day commuter rail runs and discovered there was some space in their schedules that could be used more efficiently, so at the end of the month there will be four new morning runs from Anderson to North Station, with an equal number back to Woburn in the afternoon, several of them express runs.

Unlike most MBTA commuter rail lots, Anderson has a great deal of parking, about 1,500 spots, many of them empty for most of the day.

“If we can guarantee people that they don’t have to wait more than 15 to 20 minutes per train, you can use it without needing a schedule,” MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas said

“One of the things that would enhance it s use is to make [Anderson] literally a shuttle service,” he added.

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