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Widespread commuter rail cancellations strand hundreds

Sixteen commuter rail trips were canceled Sunday, affecting hundreds of passengers.John Blanding/Globe Staff/File

Sixteen round-trip MBTA commuter rail trains were canceled throughout the day on Sunday due to a staffing shortage, officials said.

Six hundred passengers were affected, according to spokesperson for Keolis Leslie Aun. Keolis is the operator of the commuter rail system and handles staffing, operations, and repairs. The company was able to transport most of the affected passengers by buses.

The shortage was caused by a combination of issues, Aun said. A full crew was given time off after a man was hit and killed by the commuter rail in Franklin Saturday. Two additional crew members were out due to a death in the family and an illness, respectively.

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“There was just a series of extraordinary events that made it difficult for us to staff our trains this weekend,” Aun said.

The cancellations primarily affected trains on the south side of the system, including the Franklin, Framingham/Worcester, Fairmount, Greenbush, Middleborough/Lakeville, Providence/Stoughton, and Kingston/Plymouth lines. Aun said Keolis expects trains to operate regularly by Monday morning.

“We really want to apologize for the inconvenience,” Aun said.


Reena Karasin can be reached at reena.karasin@globe.com.