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Fairmount Commuter Rail Line to Be Free during 16-Day Red Line Ashmont Branch and Mattapan Closure

Posted on September 27, 2023

Reminder: MBTA to host upcoming virtual and in-person public meetings.

Updated September 29, 2023.

Today the MBTA announced that travel on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line will be free during the upcoming 16-day closure of the Red Line’s Ashmont Branch and Mattapan Line from October 14-29 in which train service will be replaced by shuttle buses. As previously announced, the MBTA is performing major track improvements across the Ashmont Branch and the Mattapan Line. Fairmount Line fall/winter schedules are available at The MBTA has also developed a tailored Riders’ Guide that includes alternate travel options and more available at

“The upcoming work on the Ashmont Branch and Mattapan Line is critical to addressing and improving safety and reliability along this stretch of the Red Line, and the complete closure of these lines allows us to accomplish vital work in 16 days. While this service change will be challenging for our riders, they have let me know that they appreciate that we are committed to improving their travels,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng. “By offering alternative shuttle bus service and now announcing free travel on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line during the closure, we want our riders to know that we want them to continue to use mass transportation while we perform this work, and that we value and understand how they rely on the MBTA and the services we provide.”

The MBTA is also reminding riders of upcoming public meetings this month regarding the closure: 

DATE: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
TIME: 6 PM – 8 PM
LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Register here.


DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2023
TIME: 1 PM – 3 PM
LOCATION: Codman Square Health Center Great Hall, 637 Washington St, Boston, MA.


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