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Service resumes on the MBTA commuter rail after issue at South Station

Service has resumed with residual delays on the MBTA commuter rail Tuesday afternoon after a signal issue near South Station caused “severe delays,” officials said.

“The signal issue near South Station has been resolved,” the MBTA commuter rail said in a tweet at 4:42 p.m. “Normal service is resuming, however residual delays may persist for all trains arriving and departing from South Station.”

At 3:58 p.m., officials said in a tweet that the signal issue was “causing severe delays in both directions for all trains arriving and departing from South Station.”

Alana Westwater, a spokesperson for Keolis Commuter Services, confirmed that service is being returned to normal and to expect “residual delays.”

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“Amtrak signal maintainers, who are responsible for the maintenance of this infrastructure, were able to fix the issue and service is being returned to normal,” Westwater said.

But a spokesperson for Amtrak said in an e-mail to the Globe that a problem with a switch caused the disruption.

“This was not a signal issue,” the statement said. “Some trains were impacted due to an issue with a switch that reduced the number of tracks at the station.”

Westwater encouraged riders to check the MBTA commuter rail’s Twitter account or T alerts for the most updated service information.


Matt Yan can be reached at matt.yan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @matt_yan12.