Additional Service Changes in June Provide Crews with Rail Access to Continue Track Work Across the MBTA System
Posted on June 9, 2023
The MBTA today announced additional service changes in June on the Red, Green, and Orange lines. There will also be additional Commuter Rail service changes on the Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail lines. The MBTA will continue upgrading infrastructure to improve overall service reliability for all riders. These service diversions will allow crews to complete critical track work to help address and alleviate speed restrictions across the system.
In addition to previously announced service changes in June, accessible shuttle buses will replace evening weekday Red Line train service between JFK/UMass and North Quincy Stations beginning each night at approximately 8:45 PM on June 13-15, June 20-22, and June 26-29. This service change will allow continued replacement of rail and ties along the Braintree branch to help alleviate speed restrictions in the area.
The Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail lines, which run adjacent to the Red Line, will also experience service changes in the evenings on weekdays.
- Accessible shuttle buses will replace evening weekday train service between Braintree and South Station at approximately 7:30 PM on June 12-16, June 19-23, and June 26-30. This service change will allow continued replacement of rail and ties along the Braintree branch to help alleviate speed restrictions in the area.
- The CapeFLYER, which operates between South Station and Hyannis from Memorial Day through Labor Day, will operate as scheduled and will not be impacted by these service changes.
- Additional evening weekday and weekend service changes between Braintree and South Station are in the process of being scheduled this summer to allow work crews to complete safety and reliability work on the Red Line. More information and schedules will be announced as these details are confirmed and finalized.
In addition to the previously announced weekend diversions on June 3-4 and June 10-11, accessible shuttle bus service will replace Green Line trains on both GLX branches between Government Center and Union Square as well as Medford/Tufts Stations during the weekends of June 17-18 and June 24-25. During these weekends, B and C branch trolleys will terminate at Park Street, and D and E branch trolleys will terminate at Government Center. Riders at Government Center can board the same shuttle bus for service to Union Square and Medford/Tufts. Due to traffic configurations in the area, outbound shuttle buses will not stop at Haymarket (inbound shuttles will make stops at Haymarket). This service change allows crews to perform rehabilitation work along the Lechmere Viaduct.
As a reminder, Orange and Green Line service changes will take place in the downtown Boston area all day for 14 days from June 12-25 due to the continued demolition of the Government Center Garage by private developer HYM Construction:
- Orange Line trains will bypass Haymarket Station. Orange Line riders should instead exit the Orange Line at North Station or State, which are less than a half-mile from Haymarket (or a four- to eight-minute walk) and travel to the Haymarket area.
- Green Line service will be suspended between North Station and Government Center from June 12-16 and June 19-23. Riders are instead asked to walk above ground between these stations – Government Center, Haymarket, and North Station are each less than a half mile from each other (about a five- to 10-minute walk), and the distance between Government Center to North Station is about three-quarters of a mile (about a 13-minute walk).
- During the weekends of June 17-18 and June 24-25, Green Line riders should note that shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between Government Center and Union Square as well as Medford/Tufts Stations. During these weekends, riders are encouraged to utilize these shuttle buses for alternative service.
- Accessibility vans will also be available for on-demand transportation – Orange and Green Line riders should ask MBTA personnel for information and assistance.
Signage will be in place at all appropriate stations during each service diversion to direct riders to shuttle bus stops. Transit Ambassadors will also be on site to assist riders.
The MBTA will announce additional service changes in advance as they are confirmed and scheduled. The MBTA apologizes for the inconvenience of these scheduled service changes, and appreciates the understanding and patience of riders as this critical and necessary work to maintain, upgrade, and modernize the system takes place.