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REMINDER: Shuttle Buses Replace Red Line from Alewife to Harvard on February 5-14 for Critical Track Work

Posted on January 30, 2024

This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming Red Line closure previously announced on January 19.

Shuttle buses extended to Park Street during the evenings beginning at approximately 8:45 PM during the same time period.

This service change is in place while crews perform work as part of the Track Improvement Program, which will alleviate speed restrictions along the line.

Following up on the previous announcement from January 19, the MBTA is today reminding riders that Red Line service will be suspended between Alewife and Harvard stations all day from start to end of service for 10 days from February 5-14. Beginning at approximately 8:45 PM through the end of service every day during the same period from February 5-14, this Red Line service suspension will be extended to Park Street (meaning evening service will be suspended between Alewife and Park Street). 

As previously announced, this service change is in place while crews perform work as part of the Track Improvement Program, which will upgrade infrastructure in order to improve reliability, alleviate safety-related speed restrictions along the line, and improve travel times for MBTA riders. Crews will perform track and tie replacement work; infrastructure upgrades; station amenity upgrades like new lighting, painting, tiling, and power washing; and more.

A page with dedicated information for riders, including exact shuttle bus stop locations, is available at Riders can also learn more at

The Commuter Rail will be fare-free between Porter Square and North Station. Riders should note that regular fares should be purchased beyond Porter Square.
As a result of this service change, riders are reminded that there will be longer than normal time between Red Line subway trains where service continues to operate. Riders are encouraged to plan extra time.

Line diagram of the Red Line closure Alewife to Harvard, and then Alewife to Park Street after 8:45 PM

Riders can also find more information on this service change at More information is also available through in-station signage and public announcements. Transit Ambassadors and MBTA staff will be available on-site to offer information and assistance during these service changes. Riders are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts or to follow the MBTA on X (the site formerly known as Twitter) @MBTA for up-to-date service information. 

The MBTA apologizes for the inconvenience of this scheduled service change and appreciates the understanding and patience of riders as this critical and necessary work to maintain, upgrade, and modernize the system takes place.

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