Commuter Rail Adding Weekend Service to and from Salem during last two weekends of Haunted Happenings

Seven inbound trains and six outbound trains will be added to the Newburyport Rockport Line during the weekends of October 22-23 and October 29-30

BOSTON – October 19, 2022 – The MBTA and their Commuter Rail operating partner Keolis, today announced that there will be additional weekend service between North Station and Salem, and between Salem, Beverly and Newburyport for the next two weekends to accommodate riders visiting Salem for Haunted Happenings. An updated schedule is available online at

“With historic crowds visiting Salem this Halloween season, we’re pleased to offer additional weekend Commuter Rail service during Haunted Happenings between Salem and North Station as well as between Salem, Beverly, and Newburyport,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “The extra Commuter Rail service is a convenient choice for folks heading to Salem’s festivities and an attractive alternative to driving into Witch City. We thank our partners at Keolis for their collaboration in offering this service, and encourage riders to check out schedules in advance at”

“The Commuter Rail is a great option for people who want to enjoy the events in Salem,” said Abdellah Chajai CEO and General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services. “We encourage passengers to plan ahead and arrive early for boarding.”

“I’m grateful to Keolis and the MBTA for providing this expanded service for our busiest time of year,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem. “Visiting Salem in October is fun, but trying to find a place to park in October is not. We strongly encourage visitors to plan ahead and take public transportation to get to Salem, so you can spend less time trying to find parking and more time discovering all that our city has to offer!”

This year, in addition to the existing all-day service, there will be 7 more inbound trains from Salem to North Station, with at least two trains an hour after 6:00pm. There will also be 4 additional outbound trains from North Station to Salem, and 2 more outbound trains from Salem, one to Beverly and one to Newburyport.

Passengers can stay connected with Commuter Rail by calling customer service at 617-222-3200, following @MBTA_CR on Twitter or signing up for T-Alerts at

Keolis Commuter Services operates and maintains the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail system, the sixth largest commuter rail operation in North America. KCS is a subsidiary of Keolis North America (KNA), both headquartered in Boston, and employs approximately 2,500 people throughout the region. KCS and KNA are part of Keolis Group, an innovative global leader in transit services with more than a century of passenger transportation experience and operations in 16 countries.