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Service on two MBTA commuter rail lines will be back on track after a staff shortage

An MBTA Commuter Rail train on the Haverhill line travels through Andover. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An MBTA Commuter Rail train on the Haverhill line travels through Andover. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The MBTA will resume offering normal commuter rail service on Monday.

The transit agency is restoring the 26 daily trips cut earlier this month on the Framingham-Worcester and Haverhill rail lines due to staff shortages from COVID-19.

Riders can also expect the return of trips that originate and end at Reading on the Haverhill Line and Framingham on the Worcester Line.

General manager Steve Poftak said the move represents the importance of being nimble during the pandemic.

“This is the type of flexibility and on the fly action that we need to be able to take to deal with some of the pressures with workforce availability related to COVID,” said Poftak.

The T is hiring for more than 300 bus operator positions and 100 light rail operators. Poftak said the T already brought in a class of bus operators at the beginning of the month and expects another before February, but can use more.

Darryl C. Murphy Twitter Reporter
Darryl C. Murphy is a business reporter at WBUR.

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