MBTA completes 12-day full-access closure on Green Line C branch

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
With work on the Green Line C branch now complete, crews turn to E branch.

As part of the MBTA’s Capital Programs, the Capital Transformation team has successfully completed the 12-day full-access closure on the Green Line C Branch, delivering critical safety and dependability improvements across the branch.

During the closure, crews replaced 1,500 ft of track from St. Mary’s to Kenmore stations and installed wayside equipment for the Green Line Train Protection System (GLTPS).

“The Capital Transformation team has successfully completed two major surges across the Green Line this summer,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “The timely completion of both closures allows the MBTA to accelerate safety and dependability efforts across the system.”

With the C Branch now complete and regular service having returned on Saturday, July 23, the Green Line Transformation team will be moving to the E Branch of the Green Line for a 16-day full-access closure. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 6, crews will be replacing approximately 2,000 ft of track across the branch and installing GLTPS wayside equipment. A majority of the scheduled track work will take place between Longwood Avenue and Brigham Circle stations. Prep work, including the placement and welding of rail, will take place at Northeastern station beginning Monday, Aug. 1, and will end on Friday, Aug. 5. Prep work will not impact regularly scheduled service.

“Capital Transformation continues to work diligently to deliver the best service possible for all Green Line riders,” said MBTA Chief of Capital Transformation Angel Peña. “With two branches now complete, the team is excited to shift our focus to the E branch, bringing critical improvements to the area. It is our team’s top priority to keep all riders informed throughout the duration of the 16-day closure.”

Capital Transformation follows a holistic approach to transforming the Green, Orange, and Red lines. The program is aligned by six Levels of Transformation: Improving Safety & Bringing Infrastructure into a State of Good Repair, Enhancing Accessibility, Replacing Legacy Fleets, Increasing Passenger Capacity, Modernizing Rider Experience, and Expanding Service.

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