MBTA broadcasts 4-week shutdown of Inexperienced Line Extension

Less than five months after a portion of the Green Line Extension began operations, the MBTA is announcing plans to close the tracks for four weeks and delay the opening of a new branch. Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line service in both directions between Government Center and Union Square from August 22 to September 18, the MBTA announced Friday. Officials said the disruption is necessary to allow work on the Government Center Garage project. Projects scheduled during this time include overhead wire adjustments on the East Cambridge Viaduct which will eliminate speed restrictions, installation of sound barriers and testing of track and communications infrastructure. until the end of November. It was originally expected to open in late summer.It’s another blow to Medford riders who are also affected by the MBTA’s plan to close the entire Orange Line for 30 days for maintenance and repair work to begin at 9 pm on August 19. “Much of the work to be done during the service diversion from August 22 to September 18 is connected to the opening of the Medford Branch,” officials wrote in a statement. “The start date also impacted Safety and Operations support staff previously prioritized for GLX, but now reallocated to critical MBTA construction work, including in the MBTA’s response to the Federal Administration’s Safety Management Audit Transits. directions.” At a recent MBTA Board of Directors meeting, members voted unanimously to authorize a deal worth up to $37 million with Yankee Line Inc. to provide shuttle buses during the Orange and Green Line projects. The Federal Transit Administration issued four separate guidelines in June after completing a safety review of the system. It issued an additional “safety reduction” order in July, affecting all employees who work with disabled rail vehicles in the T’s maintenance facilities and rail yards. Among the issues identified by the FTA in in June there were thousands of known defects related to the railway infrastructure and short-term Operations Control Center arrears.

Less than five months after operations began as part of the Green Line Extension, the MBTA is announcing plans to close the tracks for four weeks and delay the opening of a new branch.

Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line service in both directions between Government Center and Union Square from August 22 to September 18, the MBTA announced Friday. Officials said the disruption is necessary to allow work on the Government Center Garage project.

Among the projects scheduled during this time are overhead wire adjustments on the East Cambridge Viaduct which will remove a speed limit, installation of sound barriers and testing of track and communication infrastructure.

Also on Friday, MBTA officials pushed the opening date of the Medford Branch of the Green Line Extension back to the end of November. It was originally expected to open in late summer.

He is another blow to riders in Medford which is also affected by the MBTA’s plan to close the entire Orange Line for 30 days of maintenance and repair work beginning at 9 pm on August 19.

“Much of the work to be done during the service diversion from August 22 to September 18 is connected to the opening of the Medford Branch,” officials wrote in a statement. “The start date also impacted Safety and Operations support staff previously prioritized for GLX, but now reallocated to critical MBTA construction work, including in the MBTA’s response to the Federal Administration’s Safety Management Audit Transits. directions.”

At a recent MBTA Board of Directors meeting, members voted unanimously to authorize a deal worth up to $37 million with Yankee Line Inc. to provide shuttle buses during the Orange and Green Line projects.

Federal Transportation Administration four miscellaneous guides were issued in June after completing a safety review of the system. He issued an additional order for a “Safety standdown” in Julyaffecting all employees who work with disabled railway vehicles in the maintenance facilities and railway yards of the T.

Among the issues identified by the FTA in June were backlogs of thousands of known faults relating to the rail infrastructure and short-lived Operations Control Centre.

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