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Alternative Travel Options During May Red Line and Commuter Rail Closures

Updated on April 19, 12:50 PM

There will be overlapping Red Line and Commuter Rail closures in May.

During the full closure, we'll address eight speed restrictions as part of the Track Improvement Plan. We'll perform additional work at each of the impacted stations, including lighting repairs, painting, and deep cleaning. The weekend closures will allow us to finish repairs to the Dorchester Avenue Bridge.

Transit Ambassadors and other MBTA personnel will be available to assist riders. We recommend planning for extra travel time.

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May 1-9: Shuttles replace service between Park Street and JFK/UMass, extend to Ashmont after 8:30 PM

Alternative Service

Riders who are commuting downtown are strongly encouraged to use the Commuter Rail during this closure. The Commuter Rail will be free between Braintree, Quincy Center, JFK/UMass, and South Station.

Line map of the Red Line closure. Also shows that the closed Park Street stop is a 3 min walk via the underground concourse to the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing.

red line Red Line: No trains between Park Street and JFK/UMass. Shuttles extend to Ashmont after 8:30 PM.

  • Shuttles are available between Park St and JFK/UMass
  • The Downtown Crossing shuttle stop is only towards Park Street
    • For service to JFK/UMass at Downtown Crossing, proceed to Park Street via Summer Street, the underground concourse, or the shuttle towards Park Street
  • Accessible vans are available upon request
  • Commuter Rail will be free between Braintree, Quincy Center, JFK/UMass, and South Station

Shuttle Stop Locations

May 1-9: Impacts to Red Line Service

Red Line trains will be less frequent during these closures. Trains will run from Alewife to Park Street every 11-12 minutes. Trains to Braintree and Ashmont will run every 13-15 minutes.

Red Line trains departing from Park Street will be using the Southbound platform and can be boarded from the Southbound and middle platforms. Stairs to Northbound platform will be temporarily fenced off.

May 11-12 and 18-19: Shuttles replace service between Broadway and Braintree

diagram depicting alternate travel options during May 2024 closures

Alternative Service

red line  Red Line: No trains between Broadway and Braintree.

  • Shuttles are available between Broadway and Braintree
  • Riders may consider taking the Commuter Rail shuttle from South Station to Braintree as an alternative express service

Shuttle Stop Locations

May 11-12 and 18-19: Shuttles replace service between South Station and Braintree

Alternative Service

Greenbush, Kingston, and Middleborough/Lakeville Lines: No trains between South Station and Braintree.

  • Shuttles are available at South Station and Braintree.

Shuttle Stop Locations

Questions?

For questions, comments, or complaints about this closure, or to request a reasonable accommodation:

For questions or comments about accessibility, email the Department of System-Wide Accessibility at swa@mbta.com.

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Questions?

For questions, comments, or complaints about this closure, or to request a reasonable accommodation:

For questions or comments about accessibility, email the Department of System-Wide Accessibility at swa@mbta.com.