Stay away from the Haverhill Line. Busing between Ballardvale and Haverhill because of downed wires from yesterday’s storm. Downeaster is busing between Ballardvale and Lawrence, if the conductor on this train is correct.
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LEOMINSTER, Mass. —
Flooding during Monday's deluge washed away the ground from underneath Commuter Rail tracks running through Leominster, Massachusetts, forcing the MBTA to halt train service to part of the Fitchburg Line.
All trains on the line will be stopping at Shirley Station because of the damage. Commuter Rail officials said that bus service will replace trains at Wachusett, Fitchburg at North Leominster stations.
Our rail partner, Genesee & Wyoming, has advised they now expect the route into Ayer to remain inaccessible until Saturday, September 16th. Following the restoration of service, the Ayer and Chicago 63rd Street ingates will re-open as soon as operations allow. As a reminder, the route into Ayer was closed following multiple washouts that occurred on Monday, September 11th.Hopefully MBTA/Keolis are in agreement!
Fitchburg Train 418 (1:25 pm from Wachusett) will be the first inbound service to operate from Wachusett through North Station. The bus diversion between Shirley and Wachusett will be phased out after Train 414 (10:53 am from Wachusett - 11:48 am from Shirley). Keolis crews placed more than 3000 tons of stone to replace the washed-out earth and rebuild the railroad track bed following the flash flooding on September 11th at Leominster.
Updated: 9/19/2023 8:01 AM