17.4.17

SERVICE DISRUPTIONS ON THE GLOUCESTER BRANCH.

Boston's Commuter Rail Authority intends to repair the Danvers River Bridge and install positive train control on the Gloucester Branch and the Eastern Route Main Line as far as Newburyport.  That will require more than the weekend engineering possession.
During the construction to repair and replace parts of the bridge, commuter rail service on the Newburyport/Rockport line will terminate at the Salem rail station with shuttle bus service offered from there.  The project will see this service disruption for several weeks in the coming summer months.  Specific start dates are pending.

During the same time frame, and coinciding with the bridge work, the MBTA also plans full Saturday and Sunday weekend closures of the Newburyport/Rockport line for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC).  The project is currently scheduled for weekends-only between the beginning of July through mid-September 2017.  Controversial to this project, is that the MBTA has no plans for substitute service on the affected weekends.  While there is alternative bus service connecting the MBTA subway system (and Boston) at the Wonderland Station on the MBTA’s Blue Line, those buses which run infrequently on weekends only go as far as Salem station.
Perhaps I should take advantage of the situation, and get my own Gloucester Branch up and running into Salem.  Come fall, there's a lot of traffic into Salem for Hallowe'en related things.

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