The Boston Globe has the following:
"Keolis Commuter Services, the company that operates the commuter rail, is temporarily reducing service by more than half due to low employee availability because of COVID-19 absences, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Keolis announced Thursday.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
The reduced schedule, which will begin Monday and run through at least Dec. 27, will include 246 daily trains. Regular service includes 541 daily trains, Keolis said in a statement.
Keolis did not disclose how many employees were ill, but a person close to the decision said there are a number of train dispatchers out with COVID-19."
Service Change Upcoming
All Commuter Rail lines will operate on the Reduced Service Schedule on weekdays beginning Monday, December 14th and for at least 2 weeks, due to Covid-19 impact in communities and in the workforce. Weekend trains will operate on regular schedule.
- Reduced Service Schedule is now available from MBTA.com/cr and at South Station, North Station and Back Bay.
- Bikes will be allowed on board all trains.
- On Friday, January 1st, The Commuter Rail will operate on a regular Sunday Schedule.
- We will be reviewing staff numbers on a weekly basis to determine when we can be confident of being able to restore the full service.
Updated: 12/10/2020 2:35 PM