BOSTON (WHDH) - Nightly service shutdowns for part of the Red Line are set to begin Monday as track work gets underway.
Red Line service will be switched to shuttle buses between the JFK/UMass and Braintree stations from Monday through Thursday, both this week and next, starting at approximately 9 p.m. through the line’s end of service time.
MBTA officials said that track work will be performed during these hours, addressing maintenance concerns brought forward by federal officials. Some of that maintenance work will include working on tie replacement and track realignment.
“If it has something to do with my safety, I mean, it may be inconvenient, but I think it’s really worth it for everybody,” said Richard Lee, a regular T rider.
Federal officials recently issued a safety standdown to employees who move and park trains to address the runaway train issues. MBTA officials told 7NEWS newly required safety briefings from the directive have been progressing as planned.
Some commuters said seeing crews address track issues could help the MBTA build back trust with the public.
“I think it’s imperative to show the people that they’re willing to address some changes and revise some policy and get things done,” said commuter Lily Moreau.
Once the upcoming track work is complete, MBTA officials believe they will be able to lift some speed restrictions in the area, lowering commute times.
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