BOSTON – Service on the Red Line Ashmont Branch and Mattapan line has resumed after a 16-day shutdown for maintenance, according to the MBTA.
Service on the Red Line Ashmont Branch and Mattapan line has resumed after a 16-day shutdown, according to the MBTA. During the shutdown, crews replaced close to 5,000 feet of rail and 1,174 ties on the Ashmont Branch between the JFK/UMass station and Ashmont Station. On the Mattapan Line, crews replaced almost 4,700 feet of rail and 1,380 ties. Now that the work is done, speed restrictions in these areas have been lifted. Additionally, crews performed other maintenance work that included repairing stairways, removing vegetation, power washing, adding new lighting, floor tiling, and tactile edging on platforms, and repairing the ceiling and platform canopy.
MBTA CEO Phillip Eng said: “The MBTA is proud to have successfully completed this critical work on an expedited timeline. As a result, Red Line and Mattapan Line riders are now experiencing safer, faster, and more reliable service. I want to thank the public for their patience as we completed critical infrastructure work along the Ashmont Branch and Mattapan Line over the last 16 days. . . I thank the MBTA team for their tireless efforts. As we move towards delivering essential work to restore service levels across our entire system, lessons learned will be incorporated and enable us to continue to streamline efforts and better serve the public.”