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2019 Capital Acceleration Plan

Crews work on the Green Line C branch tracks

This year, the Governor announced plans to accelerate the pace of MBTA capital construction projects—station, vehicle, and infrastructure improvements that will transform the T into a modern, safe, reliable public transit system.

Late this summer and into the fall, the first group of accelerated projects will begin. This expedited work will require weekend service shutdowns on the Green, Red, and Orange Lines. These additional shutdowns will allow our crews to complete work without requiring major service closures. Alternate transit options will be provided, and schedules will be available on our website in advance of the shutdowns.

Learn more about accelerated work planned through the end of 2019 below.


Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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green line Green Line

Previously planned work on the Green Line includes upgrades to tracks at 30 pedestrian and traffic crossings on the B and C branches. To accelerate this work, we’ll be performing work over 4 additional weekends in 2019, which will allow us to complete the project 5 months earlier than originally planned.

Learn more about Green Line Intersection Upgrades

We’ll also use this time to replace 7,000 feet of 30-year-old track on the B and C branches. These tracks were due to be replaced soon, and by coordinating this project with work on the intersections, we’re able to avoid additional service shutdowns.

These are just some of the projects we’re working on to improve the safety and reliability of the Green Line.

Learn more about the Green Line Transformation


red line Red Line

Previously planned work on the Red Line includes station improvements and track replacements at Park Street and Downtown Crossing. To accelerate this work, we’ll shut down Red Line service between Kendall and Broadway for 4 weekends in November and December.

This will allow us to complete the work at Park Street 4 months earlier than planned, and the work at Downtown Crossing 11 months earlier than planned.

Work will include:

  • Replacement of 30-year-old tracks at both stations
  • New wayfinding and signage
  • Cleaning, painting, and various station repairs

While these projects are focused on 2 stations in downtown Boston, we will close a broader section of the track (Kendall to Broadway) so crews can bring vehicles and equipment into the central subway tunnel.

We’ll use this opportunity 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
  • Station repairs and maintenance to platforms, escalators, elevators, stairs, and fare equipment

These are just some of the projects we're working on to improve the safety and reliability of the Red Line.

Learn more about the Red Line Improvement Program


orange line Orange Line

Previously planned work on the Orange Line includes station improvements and track replacements at Downtown Crossing, Haymarket, and State Street. To accelerate this work, we’ll shut down Orange Line service between Tufts and Sullivan for 6 weekends in October and November.

This will allow us to complete this work 11 months earlier than planned.

Work will include:

  • Replacement of 30-year-old tracks at all 3 stations
  • New wayfinding and signage
  • Cleaning, painting, and various station repairs

While these projects are focused on 3 stations in downtown Boston, we will close a broader section of the track (Tufts to Sullivan) so crews can bring vehicles and equipment into the central subway tunnel.

We’ll use this opportunity to perform work that would otherwise require additional service shutdowns, including track and tunnel inspections between stations, debris clean up, and platform maintenance.

These are just some of the projects we're working on to improve the safety and reliability of the Orange Line.

Learn more about the Orange Line Improvement Program