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MBTA plots improvements to Worcester/Framingham commuter line

MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola (center) speaks while Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (right) stands nearby.
Photo: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito yesterday announced a series of enhancements to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Worcester/Framingham commuter-rail line.

The changes include the addition of nonstop train service between Union Station in Worcester and Boston beginning in May 2016.

"For the first time ever, nonstop train service between Worcester and Boston in under one hour will become a reality," said Polito. "The new schedule will give commuters more options on an improved schedule that reflect the needs of today for both our residents and our economy."

The nonstop service is expected to trim 30 minutes of travel time for Worcester Line riders, MBTA officials said in a news release.

Additionally, crews have begun the process of de-stresssing the rail, which is aimed at reducing the need for speed restrictions during periods of sustained, extreme heat. They're also installing new rail and working on making the entire commuter-rail system more resilient during the winter, MBTA officials said.

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