- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on Boston-area commuter rail woes (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Boston commuter rail problems caused by a major Amtrak signal system failure will persist Friday morning.

The state Department of Transportation says many city commuter rail trains will be unable to access South Station. It says passengers should expect delays throughout the morning commute and allow extra time for free transfers to the subway system.

Many trains won’t go all the way to South Station but will stop at outlying stations, where passengers can make free connections to other lines. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and commuter rail operator Keolis Commuter Services will have workers at key stations to help guide passengers.

A malfunctioning signal outside the city’s busiest commuter hub triggered the massive delays Thursday.


2:15 p.m.

Massive delays continue for many rail passengers trying to get in and out of Boston.

A problem with a signal operated by Amtrak outside South Station, the city’s busiest commuter hub, has prevented most commuter rail trains from entering the station on Thursday.

As a result, passengers heading into the city have been forced to get off trains before the station and transfer to other transit lines or, in some cases, walk the remaining distance. Amtrak has also warned travelers of potential 1-2 hour delays.

A frustrated Gov. Charlie Baker said during his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment on WGBH-FM that his administration has asked Amtrak if the signal would be fixed by the afternoon rush hour and Amtrak could not give a definitive answer.

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