Shuttles will replace Orange Line trains in August


Rail service will close on July 29 at approximately 8:45 p.m. and will remain closed until August 28.

A new Orange Line train pictured in September 2021. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Shuttles will replace Orange Line trains between Oak Grove and Wellington “to perform critical work at the Wellington Dockyard and Maintenance Facility” at the end of the summer, the MBTA said Thursday.

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The train service will close on Friday, July 29 around 8:45 p.m. and remained closed until Sunday, August 28, according to the agency. The move will allow workers to complete rail yard work a year ahead of schedule.

While the switch to shuttles can be “frustrating” for commuters, the work aims to bring “more reliable service and less disruption to the Orange Line,” MBTA Chief Executive Steve Poftak said in a statement.

“The completion of the yard and maintenance facility will also further support the delivery of our new Orange Line vehicles,” he said. “We know these types of diversions can be frustrating, and I want to thank our Orange Line passengers for their patience as we get this important work done in a much faster timeframe.”

According to the MBTA, during the 30-day expedited work period, crews will replace more than 7,000 feet of track, four special track work units and more than 2,000 feet of third rail. The agency is also looking to identify other improvements that can be made during this time.

Once completed, Wellington will have a modernized facility to clean, inspect and maintain Orange Line trains and new tracks.

“The Capital Transformation team is committed to finding ways to accelerate construction efforts for our riders,” Angel Peña, head of MBTA Capital Transformation, said in a statement. “With Wellington’s planned 30-day ramp-up, the new planned completion date for the construction site and maintenance facility is summer 2023 – a full year ahead of schedule. We are delighted to continue to working with communities along this area to make these improvements as soon as possible.”

MBTA’s Capital Transformation team will hold a virtual town hall meeting on June 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss this plan in more detail.


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