Baker done with “excuses” from MBTA

 By Matt Blanchette


       BOSTON – The contractor that operates the MBTA’s commuter rail system says it is taking steps to improve service that has been crippled by brutal winter weather.
        Gov. Charlie Baker met privately early Wednesday with three senior representatives of Keolis Commuter Services and later said he was done with “excuses.” There have been widespread reports of long delays on commuter rail lines and passengers waiting for trains that never arrive. Delays in Providence and Attleboro were minimal, though that line is still operating on a modified schedule. That train is not running to TF Green or Wickford.
        Baker has been stepping up his direct response to storm-related transit woes.         Keolis later announced an “action plan” that includes bringing in more workers and equipment to clear snow and a maintenance effort to repair disabled locomotives and passenger cars.

        The company, which was awarded an 8-year, $2.68 billion contract last year, also apologized for spotty communication with its customers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.