Heat, mechanical failures cause rush-hour commuter rail delays
Mechanical failures and soaring temperatures caused delays on several different commuter rail lines out of South Station during Monday’s rush hour, a Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail spokeswoman said.
MBCR reported 15- to 20-minute delays on the Franklin, Needham, Providence/Stoughton, Framingham/Worcester and Middleborough/Lakeville lines.
According to MBCR spokeswoman Rhiannon D’Angelo, there were mechanical failures on three separate trains earlier in the afternoon that caused delays on the Franklin, Needham and Providence/Stoughton lines, and heat restrictions slowed trains down on the Framingham/Worcester and Middleborough lines.
It was not immediately clear if the mechanical failures were caused by Monday’s high temperatures. The earlier issues backed-up later trains as well, causing residual delays into the evening, D’Angelo said.Nicholas Jacques can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org