LOWELL — As part of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, commuter rail will increase service beginning June 22.
Trains currently leave the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal roughly every two hours, beginning at 5:35 a.m.
Under the increased schedule, trains will depart roughly every hour. The last train to North Station will leave Lowell at 11:05 p.m.
The increase will bring service up to 85% of normal operations, with regular mid-day trains and an increase in service during morning and evening peak periods, according to a Keolis news release. All coach cars will be open to allow passengers to keep a safe distance.
“As the commonwealth begins to reopen, these updated schedules will help meet an expected increase in ridership while maintaining the healthy environment provided to essential workers over the last two months,” Keolis CEO and General Manager David Scorey said in the release.
An enhanced service pilot on the Fairmount line — including eight new weekday trains — will also begin on June 22. Passengers will be able to use MBTA Charlie Cards to make free transfers to and from the Fairmount line.
Passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets at ticket offices, vending machines or through the mTicket mobile application, and to limit their use of cash. Face coverings are required to ride the train, and passengers should stay home if they feel sick, the release states.
Trains are sanitized every 24 hours, and some every 12 hours, in addition to regular cleaning.
Average weekday commuter rail ridership has dropped about 90% amid the pandemic, according to the release. Keolis monitors ridership, and expects an increase as the state’s reopening plan continues.
“I am deeply appreciative of all the hardworking employees who have kept commuter rail operating for other essential employees during this challenging time. I am also grateful to our passengers who stayed home and for their patience while we work with the MBTA and public health officials to implement the schedules that will go into effect on June 22,” Scorey said in the release.
To view the updated schedule, visit mbta.com/schedules/commuter-rail. For more information, visit mbta.com/coronavirus or mass.gov/COVID19.