The scheduling changes may not be much of a help to some riders, such as Douglas Tetrault of Boston, who said the midday gaps in service are an inconvenience.
Tetrault said he uses the commuter rail five to six times a month to go from Boston to Framingham for business. On Wednesday afternoon, Tetrault found himself and a handful of other riders waiting in Framingham for about an hour until the 4:05 p.m. train arrived to take him home.
“If I go out for a meeting, and if it ends late, I have to wait an hour or two,” Tetrault said. “There tends to be a mid-afternoon gap where there’s no service. It’s not a good gap to fall into.”
Boston-bound riders leaving Framingham contend with gaps in service during the day, with trains departing at 9:11 a.m., 11:31 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:51 p.m., 4:06 p.m. and 5:36 p.m. Similar gaps exist for Worcester-bound travelers.
But adding service — like the express trains — could mean more people will take the train.
Bob Whittle of Worcester said he used to ride the train every day. Then he got a car, which he said was far more convenient for commuting to his job in Natick. More frequent, express service might give him reason to leave the car in Worcester more often, however.
“The more the better,” he said.