MBTA to wrap up Newburyport-Rockport PTC work one month early

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BOSTON — Weekend rail service will resume quicker than expected on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Newburyport-Rockport line after agency officials say they will finish positive train control work one month early.

The agency was scheduled to suspend weekend service on the Newburyport-Rockport line for much of August and September so that PTC appurtenances could be installed along the right-of-way and on rail equipment. Now, MBTA officials say trains will be back up and running by Saturday, Sept. 2.

With the Newburyport-Rockport line resuming service, this means construction crews will be able to start PTC installation on the Needham commuter rail line earlier than expected.

Needham line service will be suspended on Saturdays only beginning Sept. 2 through Nov. 18 for similar work. Alternative bus service will not be provided during the PTC-related shutdowns on the Needham line, according to a news release.

PTC work is still ongoing along the agency’s Lowell commuter rail line. Weekend PTC work started on the Lowell line on Saturday, Aug. 5 and is expected to impact rail service through Sunday, Oct. 1.

The agency did not specify why it was able to wrap up PTC work earlier than expected.

See the news release online.

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