Rep. Haggerty Pleased with Additional Peak Service on MBTA’s Lowell Commuter Rail Line Starting October 2nd

BOSTON – September 11, 2023 – State Representative Haggerty (D-Woburn) praised the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Keolis Commuter Services for increasing service on the Lowell Commuter Rail Line in the new Fall/Winter schedule, which takes effect October 2nd.

“I’m very pleased to see the MBTA adding more frequent service during the busiest travel times on the Lowell Line,” said Rep. Haggerty. “These changes will make a real difference for the hardworking commuters in our community who rely on the Lowell Line each day.”

As a result of the ridership continuing to increase on Commuter Rail, the MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail added additional peak service to the Lowell Line, in order to meet the increased demand and reduce wait times and crowding. In the Fall/Winter schedule, inbound Lowell Line passengers will now have a train every 35 minutes or less between 6:25 AM and 8:40 AM, and in the evening between 3:55 PM and 6:20 PM, there will be outbound trains every 30 to 40 minutes.

Rep. Haggerty also commented on the ongoing service disruption on the Haverhill Line: “While the Haverhill Line service disruption is an inconvenience, I’m glad the MBTA has provided shuttle buses between Reading and other train lines to minimize the impact. The repairs being done now are necessary to ensure safe and reliable service in the long run. I encourage Haverhill Line riders to plan ahead and allow extra time during this period.”

The MBTA has added shuttle buses for the convenience of Reading residents during the Haverhill Line service disruption. Reading residents have the option of taking a shuttle bus to Anderson/Woburn to make the connection with Lowell and Haverhill line trains or to Oak Grove, where passengers can then make an Orange Line connection to North Station.

“Commuter rail is a lifeline for many in our community, connecting them to jobs, education, and opportunity in Boston,” Rep. Haggerty stated. “I will continue working at the State House to advocate for investments that improve reliability and expand access to public transit.” For more information on the service disruption, please visit MBTA Service Disruption September 9 to November 5 on Haverhill Commuter Rail Line | News | MBTA. All schedules will soon be available online at The Fall/Winter schedule will continue the “clockface” service to offer more consistent service throughout the day.