Massive problems on the Newburyport/Rockport CR this morning, compounded by an utter lack of communications - either electronic or human - from Keolis.
The #158 from Newburyport was cancelled - one of the busiest trains on the line just cancelled for the ever-present "mechanical issues" Needless to say, all subsequent trips were crowded beyond capacity, the electronic signs in the station were wildly inaccurate, and the app was predicting trains that never arrived. One train, scheduled for 8:37 was running 6 minutes *early* but some of us waiting thought it was an earlier, delayed train so we waited for a less crowded car....wrong! Then, finally the #160 arrived (20 minutes late and packed) and the front coach was empty for the PTC test!! Stupid as it is to run the empty PTC cars during a normal rush hour, today was just asinine. Some folks simply opened the gate between the rest of the train and the empty coach, but why why why did we need to argue our way to get a seat? Think Keolis, just please think! and then try to remember to let us know, accurately, WTF is going on!