The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has announced that work on Positive Train Control (PTC) along the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line will conclude on August 27, one month earlier than expected. Regular weekend service on the line will resume September 2.
The early completion of the PTC work on the Newburyport/Rockport Line allows weekend PTC installation to begin several weeks earlier on the Needham Commuter Rail Line, with service suspended on Saturdays beginning September 2 through November 18. Shuttle bus service will not be provided during the shutdowns on the Needham Line on Saturdays and the line does not operate on Sundays.
Weekend PTC work is currently taking place on the Lowell Commuter Rail Line and will continue through October 1. Shuttle buses are replacing weekend Lowell Line train service.
In order to meet the federal deadline set to accomplish PTC installation, the entire commuter rail line needs to be shut down for crews to work as efficiently as possible.