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Weekend service plan frequently asked questions

What’s going on and when?

Saturdays and Sundays from July 8 to September 30 no trains will operate on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail line because the MBTA is installing Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure, which is making trains safer. However, the MBTA will be operating a bus shuttle between Boston and several stations in order to keep weekend customers moving. A special schedule is available here.

How will I get up to the North Shore or to Boston?

The Newburyport bus shuttle will stop at Newburyport, Ipswich, Beverly Depot, Salem, and Boston. The Rockport bus shuttle will stop at Rockport, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly Depot, Salem, and Boston.

How much is parking?

Parking will be free during the weekend diversions at the following stations: Newburyport, Ipswich, Rockport, Gloucester, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

How long will my trip take?

The trip will take about the same time as if you were driving. Please see the schedule on the reverse side of this flyer to plan your trip.

How much will my trip cost?

The special weekend fare is $10 roundtrip (2 children ages 11 and under ride free with 1 adult). Zone 3 or higher monthly passes will be accepted.

What other stations could I drive to in order to reach Boston?

Anderson/Woburn Station, just off 128/95 is one option, and another good option is Wonderland Station where you can connect to the Blue Line.

For more information

 Call 617-222-3200.

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