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Feb 18, 2016 7:32 PM

Boston rail problems expected to return for Friday morning commute


Transportation officials say that Thursday's equipment failure that snarled commuter train traffic out of South Station in Boston will not be fixed by Friday morning's commute.

Amtrak has been working to fix a problem with a signal that had fouled rail traffic during both the morning and evening commute Thursday.

Officials are urging people to check for updates at mbta.com

Leslie Aun, a spokeswoman for Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the MBTA commuter rail system, told the Boston Herald Thursday that Amtrak's Tower One signal system at South Station stopped functioning early Thursday morning, creating a potential public safety problem.

"It just went out. What I've heard is that it was a complete failure. You can't run trains when there are no signals, for obvious reasons, just like you can't move traffic when there's no traffic signals or air traffic control These are critical to the safety of the passengers and the trains," she said.

The only trains leaving South Station Thursday evening are Providence/Attleboro and Stoughton line trains, reports the Boston Globe.

Train traffic Thursday had to be handled with manual signals while the electrical problem is being fixed.

Amtrak controls the part of the tracks that bring us into South Station. You don't want to mess with this," she said.

Travel has become frustrating and commuter rail officials have been urging riders to find alternate means of transportation.


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