Building A Better T: Final of 4 Weekend Red Line Diversions Starts Friday Night
Posted on December 13, 2019
Bus shuttles are being provided between Broadway and Kendall/MIT for 4 weekends beginning at 8:45 PM on Fridays and lasting through the end of service on Sundays.
Work being done as part of the 2019 Capital Acceleration Plan.
Learn more at mbta.com/RLwork
Today the MBTA reminded customers that weekend Red Line service between Broadway and Kendall/MIT Stations will again be suspended this weekend beginning at 8:45 PM tonight through Sunday as part of the MBTA'ss 2019 Capital Acceleration Plan. This suspension of Red Line service is the final of 4 weekend Red Line diversions.
The MBTA's 2019 Capital Acceleration Plan allows the MBTA to expedite upgrades to core infrastructure and to perform maintenance activities, including cleaning and painting at stations. Last weekend, crews replaced 435 feet of track at Park Street Station and performed station work at Downtown Crossing Station.
Accelerated work will continue to take place on the Red Line this weekend with a continued focus on station improvements and track replacement. These weekend shutdowns allow the MBTA to complete work on the Red Line level at Park Street 4 months earlier than planned and at Downtown Crossing nearly a year earlier than planned.
During the weekend Red Line shutdown, bus shuttles are provided between Kendall/MIT and Broadway Stations. Due to one-way traffic patterns, shuttle service toward Alewife will not stop at Park Street and shuttle service toward Ashmont/Braintree will not stop at Downtown Crossing. Full shuttle bus and alternate travel information can be found at mbta.com/RLwork.
More Details on The Work
The broad limits between Broadway and Kendall/MIT are necessary as these areas are “portal” access points for work crews to load in construction equipment and materials into the underground portions of the Red Line. The broad closure limits also give the MBTA a valuable work window to perform work that would otherwise require additional service shutdowns, including track and power maintenance between stations, including third rail insulators and connections; tunnel debris clean-up, which will reduce the risk of nuisance smoke and fire; detailed inspections and surveys of tunnel infrastructure for future repairs and long-term investments; and station repairs and maintenance to platforms, escalators, elevators, stairs, and fare equipment.