The Green Line E branch reopens after 16 days of work closure

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Rail service on the Green Line’s E branch resumed Sunday after a 16-day shutdown during which crews replaced more than 2,750 feet of track and installed new equipment, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said.

Service between Copley Square and the branch endpoint at Heath Street closed on August 6 and opened a day earlier than scheduled on Sunday, the T.

The work was part of the MBTA’s ongoing Green Line Transformation Project. Crews could be seen working for the past two weeks along Huntington Avenue, where much of the branch runs above ground past several colleges and universities.

The next phase will focus on Branch D, which will close for three nine-day periods in September and October. The first closure begins on September 24 and ends on October 2, the second is from October 8 to October 16, and the final closure is from October 22 to October 30, according to the MBTA. The train service will be replaced by free shuttles.

During the closures, crews will replace more than 5,000 feet of track, install new equipment and make improvements at five crossings, the agency said. Preparation work begins on September 19 but should not disrupt service. Most of the track replacement work will be between Chestnut Hill and Newton Center stations, the MBTA said.

The closures on the Green Line are part of various overlapping service disruptions as the MBTA works to complete track repairs and upgrades throughout the system.

The entire length of the Orange Line, from Malden to Jamaica Plain, was closed on Friday evening to begin a 30-day track improvement project with a scheduled reopening on September 19.

Meanwhile, the northern end of the Green Line will be replaced with a shuttle service between Union Square and the Government Center from Monday until September 18, as work is carried out on the line extension green towards Medford, the Lechmere viaduct and the government centre. garage, according to the MBTA website. The stations affected by this closure are Union Square, Lechmere, Science Park/West End, North Station, Haymarket and Government Center.


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