Public transit commuters who depend on the MBTA Red Line may have their service disrupted on weekends for the next month as crews will shut down service from Broadway to Kendall/MIT for maintenance.
The T announced weekend closings will begin Friday and end on Dec. 15, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend. Normal services will resume on Monday’s.
The weekend closures come as transportation officials work to improve the aging train system. It follows a series of summer derailments, including one on the Red Line that required monthslong repairs.
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A Red Line train derailed on June 11 near the JFK/UMass station in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, knocking out service to three signal bungalows. Repairs were completed in September and caused the service to run at reduced speeds along stretches of the track.
Two weeks after the derailment, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced he will spend $50 million as part of an accelerated plan to improve the MBTA’s infrastructure. It includes preventive maintenance, inspections and evening and weekend closures.
While a few Red Line stations will be shut down for improvements, shuttle buses will replace service at the affected locations.