MBTA is considering closing Orange Line for 30 days, red line construction equipment disruption

The MBTA is discussing a 30-day shutdown of the entire Orange Line, which could happen in about three weeks, according to multiple sources, one of whom said the move would be “somewhat unprecedented”.

A source said the closure will allow construction, which will likely be related to track replacement and addressing speed restrictions.

An MBTA spokesperson will not confirm the imminent outage, but a last-minute board meeting will take place on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. to discuss a potential contract with A Yankee Line, Inc. , for the MBTA Orange Line and part Green Line alternative shuttle bus service”.

“As T previously said, it is considering additional service diversions to speed up construction,” said T spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. This contract, which will be presented to the Board of Directors tomorrow, is for the buses that will support those efforts. T is finalizing the details and will share more information with passengers very soon.”

According to a media advisory, Governor Charlie Baker will join MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wellington Station in Medford “to provide an update on the MBTA’s accelerated infrastructure upgrades to improve service, safety, and reliability for passengers.” .”

The 120-year-old rapid transit line serves the communities of Malden, Medford, Somerville and Boston.

A piece of construction equipment derailed on the Red Line near the Quincy Center, damaging Third Rail and causing shuttle buses to be replaced during Tuesday morning’s commute.

Pesatoro said the derailment occurred around 1:20 a.m. Equipment restarted at about 3:45 a.m., but traffic was disrupted in the morning while repairs to the third rail were being carried out.

No injuries were reported and repairs were completed around 5 am

“25 shuttle buses provided alternative service while electricity was restored, and test trains ran across the area,” Psatoro said. “By 6:20 a.m., red line service was restored.”

Delayed critical path maintenance was one of four areas the MBTA ordered to address immediately in June as part of the Federal Transportation Administration’s Safety Administration inspection, which found that path defects had led to several deviations since last year.

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