Train to Gillette Stadium delayed due to mechanical issue
A commuter rail train heading to Gillette Stadium for the New England Patriots game Sunday was significantly delayed after a mechanical issue forced it to stop at the Dedham Corporate station.
The train arrived at about 12:25 p.m., more than an hour behind schedule, because of the issue, according to Keolis Commuter Services, the private company that operates the commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Trains typically arrive at 11:20 a.m. for 1 p.m. games, giving passengers enough time to meet up with parking lot tailgaters and enter the stadium before Tom Brady gets under center.
About 1,500 people take the train to Foxborough on Patriots game days, Keolis said.
The train, which departed from South Station at 10:15 a.m., stopped around 10:24 a.m., the commuter rail’s operator said on Twitter.
Keolis had sent another train to “rescue” the delayed one, but workers were able to get the original train up and running before it arrived, according to Tory Mazzola, a Keolis spokesman. Service had resumed around 11:50 a.m.
Service to Gillette is infrequent: It runs only for Patriots games and other special events such as concerts or international soccer games.
However, the MBTA recently approved a pilot program to run weekday service to and from Gillette Stadium starting in spring 2019.
The service, which will be partially subsidized by Patriots ownership, has raised concerns from riders and advocates for the Fairmount commuter line. They worry that any delays and mechanical issues on trips to and from Foxborough could affect performance on their line, because most trips to Foxborough would extend off of the Fairmount line.