Originally posted at 6:07 p.m. Updated at 7:18 p.m.
BOSTON – Massachusetts Transportation Secreatry Stephanie Pollack announced today, January 5, that the MBTA will not renew its contract with Keolis Commuter Services, which runs the commuter rail including the Framingham/Worcester line.
But commuters won’t see Keolis gone soon. The contract does not expire until June 2022.
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the contract with the French-based company in 2014. The contract – one of the largest in Commonwealth history – had a price tag of $2.68 billion. The contract, initially for 8 years, did allow for two 2-year extensions.
Keolis had major issue with the snow storms of 2015 and its on-time rate for the Framingham/Worcester line has not been the best. The trains have delays in heat, rain, snow, hail, etc.