Last week, the MBTA rescheduled work that was set to begin this past weekend.
Originally, Orange Line service was set to be diverted between Oak Grove and Wellington stations between July 29 and August 28 to complete track and signal work. While the MBTA is pausing this work for now, the MBTA is exploring additional opportunities to accelerate work on the Orange Line, and will keep riders updated.
The MBTA continues to prioritize safety enhancements and address additional track work and maintenance associated with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directives. This includes projects that address track conditions in need of most repair and those that currently have substantial speed restrictions. For example, earlier this month, the MBTA’s Track Department installed approximately 500’ of rail on the southbound Orange Line tracks between Back Bay and Massachusetts Avenue stations that allowed the T to lift a speed restriction that was approximately 1500’ long from 10 mph to 25 mph, speeding up trips by about one minute. When all track work is completed in this area, the speed will be able to be increased to 40 mph.
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