‘Just a disaster’: Disabled train causes lengthy delays on Commuter Rail’s Providence Line

BOSTON (WHDH) - Commuter rail riders on the Providence/Stoughton Line suffered through a long ride into Boston on Thursday morning after a disabled train caused delays of more than three hours.

The issue was caused by Providence Line Train 800, which left for Boston at 5 a.m. and became stuck at Sharon Station due to a mechanical issue.

The train was later pushed into South Station by another train.

Dozens of commuters, most of whom were hours late for work, were beyond furious when the train got to Boston around 8:30 a.m.

“They didn’t give us any warning,” one woman said. “It’s just a disaster.”

Another irritated commuter expressed disapproval with the fast-approaching July fare hike following the early morning meltdown.

“It’s extremely frustrating, especially when they want to raise the fares in July,” he said. “Nobody is held accountable.”

Commuter rail officials say funds were recently approved to overhaul several locomotives.

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted in March to raise fares by 5.8 percent.

The increase will take effect on July 1.


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