Digest: MBTA announces commuter rail schedule revisions

News Wire Digest second section for Sept. 15: BNSF names Igoe as executive vice president, operations; NJ Transit adds capacity information to mobile app
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More Tuesday morning rail news:

MBTA announces commuter rail schedule changes effective Nov. 2

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will restructure schedules on commuter rail lines as of Nov. 2, including suspension of its pilot commuter rail program serving Foxborough, Mass. In changes announced Monday, the agency says it will “level out” service during the day, eliminating current gaps in mid-day service. MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a press release the changes “are being made in response to changing ridership patterns” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “including when and how commuter riders travel as many work locations in downtown Boston continue to be closed.” The changes will result in 544 weekday trains, compared with 505 in fall 2019, with most of the additional trains serving Fairmont, Brockton, or Lynn, Mass. The Foxborough pilot is scheduled to resume in spring 2021.


BNSF promotes Igoe to executive vice president, operations

BNSF Railway has named Matt Igoe executive vice president, operations, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Igoe succeeds Kathryn Farmer, who will become the railroad’s new CEO on that date [see “BNSF names Kathryn Farmer as its next CEO,”  Trains News Wire, Sept. 14, 2020] and will report to Farmer. “Matt’s deep experience in operations has him well prepared for this role,” Farmer said in a press release. “We look forward to his proven leadership and contributions to improve up safety, productivity, and delivering a superior service product to our customers.” Igoe has been with BNSF for 22 years, and has been vice president, transportation, since July 2017.


NJ Transit adds ridership information feature to app

NJ Transit is adding a feature to its mobile app to give passengers information on how full their bus or train will be, giving them better social-distancing choices. The “How Full is My Ride?” feature will provide color-coded icons indicating light, medium, or heavy ridership. Trains on the Raritan Valley, Atlantic City, and Morris & Essex lines will draw the information from handheld scanners used to validate tickets; other lines will rely on voluntary customer input. More information is available here.


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