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MassDOT reports Keolis will run a train to and from the Bruce Springsteen concert at Gillette on Sept. 14.

The downbound train will leave South Station at 5:35 p.m., Back Bay at 5:40 and Dedham Corporate Center at 5:55. The train back to Boston will leave a half hour after the end of the concert. Tickets are $20 at the ticket counters at South Station, Back Bay and North Station.

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Too bad they couldn't run similar train route for the sold out Beyonce concert earlier this summer.

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Also the GnR concerts, at least one of which was sold out.

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Would I trust my last Springsteen concert to the T? Hmm, interesting poll.

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They're prob more worried about the generally adult crowd with quite a few drunk drivers

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I've never been to Gillette, but half an hour doesn't seem like enough time to clear the stadium and get to the train...

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I've done it for football and the Winter Classic and both times weren't an issue. People are boarding consistently after the event so as long as you head straight to it, you're fine.

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that they don't run it for every event. I did GnR in NYC...well, NJ...instead of Gillette, and they run a door to door bus service for $12 round trip from the Port Authority and it's wonderful.

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Pretty sure you're the first person to ever use "Port Authority" and "wonderful" in the same sentence. lol

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I never mind being there. We usually take Greyhound down and stay in Midtown, so it's super convenient, and the MetLife event boarding process is run surprisingly well.

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Did they play Estranged?

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They played more or less the same setlist every night of the tour.

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Was this before the Meadowlands train station opened? I heard the train is worse than the buses it replaced.

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In lieu of the train service. They're coach busses, no transfers (aside from getting to the Port Authority), drop you off right in the Met Life lot, run regularly hours before the event, and are super fast- they advertise 20 mins + traffic, and it was maybe 25 there and 35 back on a Sat. I could see it being worse on a weekday I guess.

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But it's not like they're going to bother to check if you have one.

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How many round trips do they run on Patriots game dates?

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Not all Patriots games get trains. Only those that are expected to have high attendance.

Trains (2 of them) are run on select patriots game days/nights. One departs South Station and travels the NEC (main line) to Readville then switches onto the Franklin branch. At Walpole it is switched to the "Framingham Secondary" which is an inland freight route connecting the NEC at Mansfield to the Worcester line in Framingham. The second departs Providence and follows onto the Framingham secondary just north of Mansfield station from the southbound track.

It is worth noting that the MBTA does have long-range place to run more trains on that inland branch between Boston and the Stadium, specifically a commuter service, but both the towns fo Walpole and Foxboro have registered opposition to such a plan.

As such the "occasional" rail trips to the stadium are just that - occasional. Arranging more-frequent service may have more hoop jumps that the rest of us are aware of.

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to Gilette from Boston runs for every home game and for some special Gilette events. See the MBTA website for details.

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There's a 10-year-plus waiting list for Patriots season tickets. Every game is sold out. They even run the trains for preseason exhibition games.

The problem is they are very inconsistent with events that are NOT Patriots games. Some soccer matches get trains, some don't. Some concerts do, some don't.

Your railroad information is pretty accurate though. Due to track conditions, trains crawl along the Framingham Secondary for now. I know Kraft wants to pony up for better service (I would love to have non-car access to Patriot Place for other events as well), but that has been talked about for years.

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Not all Patriots games get trains. Only those that are expected to have high attendance.

Not to quibble with your informative post, but the Patriots have sold-out all home games since December 26, 1993, so high attendance is a given. Not sure if the train has run to the games since 1993 but definitely the past 20 years or so.

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is another option. I think they need a certain amount of people to confirm they are running.

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What a great idea! Anyone can propose a bus to an event, and people sign up, and only get charged when it reaches a critical mass. I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more buzz.

This sounds like what Bridj was supposed to be, but isn't.

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I'm goin' down to the concert, too, and $20 is a great option rather than racing in the street - a small price to pay to avoid a wreck on the highway or a state trooper. The rising traffic load in this area really gives a reason to believe in mass transit, doesn't it? High hopes, because the night will be magic.

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T's gotta prove it all night

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...they invariably cancel the trains to use them for Gillette trips. see if they can keep a perfect record.

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