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Peisch rails against MBTA commuter train service

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 13, 2007 09:56 AM

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WELLESLEY

Wellesley’s State Representative Alice Peisch last week slammed the commuter rail service provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as “simply unacceptable.”

In a press release, Peisch said she receives complaints from “many” of her constituents about poor service on the Worcester-to-Framingham line through Wellesley, primarily centering around delays.

In a letter for MBTA, Peisch and nine other state legislators said that, during the week of July 9, “numerous trains… were excessively late with little to no notification of delays.” The legislators asked for a meeting with MBTA authorities to seek improvements in the service.

Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for MBTA, said MBTA does not control the rails, CSX does. He said CSX often slows traffic down during hot summer months as a safety precaution because the heat can cause kinks and bends in the rails.

Pesaturo said, however, that he does not know that to be an issue in last week’s delays. He declined comment on the legislators’ letter, saying the authority had not yet received it.

-- Lisa Keen

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