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Keolis Plans To Put More Trains Back Into Service Monday

Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The long, slow return to normal weekday service continues Monday on the Massachusetts commuter rail system.

Keolis Commuter Service announced Friday that it plans to resume operations on 15 trains that have been out of service in recent weeks as the rail system operator has struggled with broken equipment in connection with severe weather.

Trains are being restored Monday on the Haverhill, Fitchburg, Franklin, Fairmount, Old Colony and Providence/Stoughton lines.

More than 34 percent of regular weekday scheduled trains remain out of service under the "recovery schedule," according to Keolis, with the Framingham/Worcester, Haverhill, Fairmount and Lowell lines having the most trains impacted by the schedule.

The Fitchburg line will return to full weekday service during the morning rush hour on Monday, according to Keolis, which reports 90 percent of its trains are arriving within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival times.

Additional locomotive repairs are needed to resume full service.

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