MBTA announces service cuts on Red Line during work in August – NBC Boston

Shuttles will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and Braintree on select evenings in early August, the MBTA announced Wednesday.

The agency says the service disruptions will occur Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 8-11 while work is underway on the tracks.

“As the MBTA continues to work with the FTA on safety improvements, the track and maintenance work that will take place during these evening red line diversions will continue to allow the T to build a better and more efficient system. safe for all of its riders and employees,” General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement. “We know that any in-service deviation can be frustrating for passengers, but these evening deviations allow us to address necessary track repairs and speed restrictions on the Braintree Branch, which will lead to faster travel for Red Line passengers.”

Just two days earlier, a runaway train rolled onto the tracks at Braintree Rail Yard, causing delays on the Red Line.

The MBTA announced the Red Line disruptions the same day it indefinitely delayed planned Orange Line work that would have suspended service between July 29 and August 28.

Security concerns have plagued the MBTA in recent weeks and calls for change have grown.

Despite calling last week’s fire on the Orange Line a “colossal failure”, Gov. Charlie Baker touted the T’s on-time performance ratings on Wednesday and said most runners weren’t meeting of problems.

Lance B. Holton