Downed wires in Boston area cause Amtrak, commuter rail delays

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A downed wire caused significant delays for Boston's commuter rail and Amtrak transit Monday morning, and officials say the damage could affect the evening commute.

Commuters who take the Providence, Stoughton, Franklin, and Needham Line trains experienced delays ranging from 20 minutes to over an hour during peak service hours. In total, the downed wire affected 39 inbound and 22 outbound trains on six commuter rail lines, as well as six Amtrak trains, reports the Boston Globe.

The downed overhead wire on the Amtrak line at the Forest Hills station in Hyde Park prompted officials to shut down tracks between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. which is why passengers experienced delays..

According to the newspaper, the lines were expected to be repaired by the afternoon; however, officials are telling commuters to expect residual delays throughout the day.

To check on the status of your Amtrak train, head to http://www.amtrak.com/service-alerts-and-notices.

For more information: Boston Globe