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North Station not at its best: Delays to the north and west

Crowds at North Station

Laura Warcek is in the increasingly large horde of anxious commuters awaiting trains that the T reports are delayed due to "late arrival of equipment" on the Haverhill and Fitchburg lines.

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I got there a few minutes early and boarded a train at 5:40. Only Newburyport was delayed at that time, but it was getting rather crowded. I made a good guess and was near my track when they called my train.

Got on with a new suitcase I bought at lunch, no problem.

On the other hand, a crowd was forming while I unlocked my bike - inbound Bruins fans. I wonder if larger than typical ridership inbound and having to make every stop is also causing delays?

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Bruins fans are showing up early for monday's game?

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I was wondering about that, too, but there were a lot of inbound folk in Bruins regalia towing every offspring old enough to walk.

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Millions of viewers see a half empty arena because the trains are down. The upside I guess. When we become a national disgrace to millions, Governor Baker might, just might, give a crap about Boston's transit system. After convening another set of panels and boards, Baker might, just might, fire his patronage filled MassDOT/T staff and press reset

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I don't know what happened on the Haverhill Line, but this probably explains delays on the Fitchburg: Woman, around 70, struck by commuter rail train in Concord, seriously injured

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are unfortunately all too common. Lately, the 6:05 has been one of the worst in that regard.

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Train accidents are tragic events but can anyone explain why train service is delayed for a hour or two until the Transit Investigators arrive on the scene from Boston? Why cant the local police who arrive in a matter of minutes investigate the accident instead of waiting for the company cops to arrive?

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It is an active crime scene. Investigators need to see things as they ended up. Also, they are not "company cops." They are police officers whose jurisdiction is the rail line.

I mean, someone died. A dead person messed up my commute once, but on balance, I knew I had a better day than they did, even with the lateness.

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Surely the train engineer did not deliberately hit the pedestrian, nor even have time to do anything that would prevent hitting her.

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But technically there was foul play that needed to be investigated. Was the woman pushed? Did she disregard signals, or were the signals not functioning? In short, this is a bit above moving the body to the side of the tracks since it’s rush hour.

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There are a number of places where pedestrian paths cross the tracks at or next to stations, and those paths are not protected by gates or flashing lights.

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The 5:40 Newburyport train didn't arrive until almost 6:00.

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