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Framingham commuter rail line train cancelled





A commuter rail train on the Framingham line was cancelled Tuesday due to a “mechanical issue,’’ the latest in a string of cancellations and delays on the MBTA’s commuter rail lines this month.

Keolis Commuter Services, the operator of the commuter rail system for the MBTA, posted the cancellation of train 583 on its Twitter account, @mbta_CR, citing a “mechanical issue.” The same account also noted that Worcester line train 500 was delayed, also because of “mechanical issue.”

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The Globe reported Tuesday that the T is seeking to overhaul a dozen of its older locomotives amid frustration over persistent equipment shortages on the commuter rail over the past month, triggering frequent delays and cancellations.

The commuter rail operator, Keolis Commuter Services, is contractually obligated to have 67 locomotives available at all times but has failed to meet that mandate for several weeks, leaving the system shorthanded.

On Monday, Keolis had 66 available, a marked improvement from recent days. The morning commute was the first without cancellations since early last week, though some evening trains were canceled.

Nicole Dungca of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.


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