Saturday, August 6, 2022

MBTA: Upcoming service changes that might affect your travel

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 Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. 

For the latest information about COVID-19 safety precautions, riders should check

This weekend and next week, the following lines will have service changes:

  • Red Line — Weekdays
  • Orange Line — Weekdays, and weekends
  • Green Line — all day, every day
  • Commuter Rail — Weekends, weekdays, and ongoing


Red Line

JFK/UMASS – Braintree
August 8 – 11
8:45 PM until end of service 

Shuttles will run between JFK/UMASS – Braintree from 8:45 PM to end of service for trackwork.

Learn more about Red Line transformation projects

See all Red Line service changes

Green Line

Heath St – Copley
August 6 – 21, all day every day

E Branch service will be suspended between Copley and Heath St from August 6 – 21 for track and infrastructure upgrades. Customers can use Route 39 bus service as an alternate.   

Learn more about Green Line infrastructure upgrades

See all Green Line service changes

Government Center – Union Square
August 22 – September 18, all day every day

Green Line service will be suspended from Monday, August 22 through Sunday, September 18. This suspension will help facilitate the opening of the Medford Branch and to allow crews to perform final-phase construction work. Shuttles will replace Green Line service between Government Center and Union Square. 

Learn more about Green Line transformation projects

Orange Line

Oak Grove – Forest Hills
August 19 – September 18, all day every day

Orange Line service will be suspended from Friday, August 19 at 9 PM through Sunday, September 18. This suspension will allow for upgrades and improvements of track and signal systems along the line.  

Commuter Rail service alternative:
Riders commuting to downtown are encouraged to use the Commuter Rail. Zone 1A, 1, and 2 fares can be paid simply by showing a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket on ALL Commuter Rail lines. During these 30 days, most passing south-side Needham and Providence Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Back Bay, and South Station. On the north-side, Haverhill Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Oak Grove, Malden Center, and North Station.

Riders can use other existing MBTA bus and subway services to complete their trips, along with free accessible shuttle buses servicing the Orange Line.

MBTA travel alternatives:

  • Green Line E Branch
  • Silver Line 4
  • Free shuttle buses between Oak Grove and Haymarket, and then to Government Center
  • Free shuttle buses between Forest Hills and Back Bay, and then to Copley
  • Route 39 bus, servicing Forest Hills – Back Bay Station
  • CT2 bus, servicing Sullivan Square – Ruggles Station 

Orange Line travel alternatives

Learn more about Building a Better T in 2022


Commuter Rail

Fitchburg Line
August 6 – 7, all weekend

On the weekend of August 6 – 7, Fitchburg Line Train 1411/2411 (originally 5:50 PM from North Station) will depart North Station at 6:35 PM and operate 45 minutes behind the advertised spring/summer schedule. This service change will allow for work on the North Station Signal Improvement Project.

Learn more about the North Station Signal Improvement Project

See all Commuter Rail service changes

August 5 – 7, Friday, and all weekend

On weekends July 30 – August 28 as well as weekdays August 4 – 5 and August 15 – 19, buses will replace service between Beverly and North Station to allow for work on the signal improvement project. Buses will operate to/from North Station.

Learn more about the North Station Signal Improvement Project

See all Commuter Rail service changes

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