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Up ahead: delays, cancellations on the Framingham commuter line
By Globe Staff
Commuters who ride the Boston-Framingham-Worcester line will see some inconveniences next week -- and there will be more to come next month -- due to a track maintenance project.
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad says that two weekday afternoon trains will be canceled each day from Monday to Thursday next week. Bus service will be provided instead.
The trains that will be canceled are Train 517, which leaves at 2:40 p.m. from South Station for Framingham, and Train 526, which leaves at 3:40 p.m. from Framingham for South Station.
The MBCR says that CSX, the freight rail company that owns the right-of-way, is replacing 32,000 ties along the Boston-to-Framingham stretch in a project that will last from Sunday to Oct. 4.
During the project's last phase, which begins Sept. 9, all trains will experience delays of at least 15 minutes because of the track work, said the MBCR, which runs commuter rail service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Longer delays are possible after 7 p.m. on weekdays and after 5 p.m. on weekends.
The MBTA and MBCR apologized for any inconveniences in a statement. It's the second major project undertaken during the past year by CSX on the Boston-Framingham-Worcester line.