The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is expanding commuter rail service this fall. Beginning on Monday, October 2, new schedules will give riders more late night trains from Boston, and more trains during peak travel times.
The changes will help accommodate individuals with unconventional work schedules and those attending late-night events in Boston.
For the Framingham-Worcester line, on weekdays and weekends the last train from Boston will depart at 11:55 p.m. For the Needham line, the last train will leave at 10:15 p.m.
The T is also adding trains in the morning and evening peak hours, shifting service from hourly "clock face" scheduling to every 45-minutes during busy commuting times.
The schedules will be posted on the MBTA website.
For the T, these changes are an opportunity for growth by capturing new riders who want other modes of transportation and recouping passenger traffic that dropped off significantly during the COVID pandemic.
The weather is good, so this is the prime time to try out new mobility options in town. More than 30% of our emissions come from transportation in and around. Like what you say? How about FREE rides around Wellesley and useful neighboring spots on the Catch Connect van service for folks 12 and over. Try taking the train to Natick or Boston; the T to the Red Sox game; walk, scoot, or bike to work, to friend's houses and to do errands this month.
While you are trying new transportation options, try combining your Amazon deliveries (maybe your neighbors too) to 1 x a week to reduce truck deliveries in town.
These are all part of Town of Wellesley's Sustainable Mobility Plan which also includes more sidewalk connectivity, new bike racks and bike repair stations, more road crossing lights, bike lanes, and electric vehicle charging stations.