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Shuttles to replace trains on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail until mid-June Shuttles to replace trains on the Newburyport/Rockport line


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The MBTA encourages riders to take the Haverhill commuter line, blue or orange subway lines, or work from home.

Shuttle diversions along the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line will begin next week. Lane Turner/Boston Globe

Passengers can expect shuttle diversions along the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line from next week until June 12, the MBTA reported.

These deviations are due to work in progress, including the replacement of the Commercial Street Bridge in Lynn; the installation of automatic train control signal upgrades as part of the line-wide positive train control project; signal improvements at Gare du Nord; the reopening of the Gloucester Drawbridge with a return to train service on May 23; and additional track, rail, culvert and improvement projects taking advantage of available track failures.

These infrastructure investments are intended to “modernize the commuter rail network and improve passenger safety, reliability and resilience,” according to the MBTA.

Shuttles will replace trains on the Rockport branch on the following dates:

  • April 11-22: Shuttles will operate from Rockport to Salem stations. Trains will run from Salem to North Station.
  • April 23 to May 8: Shuttles will run between Rockport and Gloucester stations. Trains will run from Gloucester to North Station.
  • May 9-22: Shuttles will operate from Rockport stations to Orient Heights with a free shuttle transfer to the Blue Line at Orient Heights. Customers at Chelsea station can use the Silver Line 3.
  • May 23 to June 5: Trains will run between Rockport and Beverly stations. Shuttles will operate from Beverly stations to Orient Heights with a free shuttle transfer to the blue line at Orient Heights. Customers at Chelsea station can use the Silver Line 3.
  • From June 6: Resumption of normal train service on weekdays.
  • June 11-12: Trains will run between Rockport and Salem stations. Shuttle buses will run from Salem to Orient Heights with a free shuttle transfer to the blue line at Orient Heights.

Shuttles will replace trains on the Newburyport branch on the following dates:

  • April 11-May 8: Shuttles will operate from Newburyport to Salem train stations. Trains will run from Salem to North Stations.
  • May 9 to June 5: Trains will run from Newburyport to Beverly stations. Shuttle buses will operate from Beverly stations to Orient Heights with a free shuttle bus transfer to the Blue Line in Orient Heights. Customers at Chelsea station can use the Silver Line 3.
  • From June 6: Resumption of normal train service on weekdays.
  • June 11-12: Trains will run from Newburyport to Salem stations. Shuttle buses will operate from Salem to Orient Heights stations with a free shuttle bus transfer to the Blue Line at Orient Heights.

Riders should check times in advance on mbta.com.

Customers of the Newburyport/Rockport route who generally purchase monthly passes must purchase no more than one Zone 3 pass for May and no more than one Interzone 5 pass for June.

To avoid this planned construction, riders are encouraged to consider taking the Haverhill commuter rail line or blue or orange subway lines, or working from home, if possible, the MBTA said.

Dates are subject to change and additional periods may be added if needed for construction, the MBTA reported.



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