A three-month project to replace rail ties will impact service on several commuter rail lines into Boston, beginning in June, officials said today.
Amtrak will be replacing ties on the stretch of track between Back Bay Station and Forest Hills Station. Amtrak trains share that stretch with commuter trains on the Fairmount, Franklin, Needham, and Providence/Stoughton routes, officials said.
Three tracks normally operate in the area, but one track at a time will be taken out of service so the work can be done, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., said in a statement.
The MBTA and MBCR, which operates commuter rail for the MBTA, will issue temporary schedule adjustments to all four commuter lines. Some trains will be retimed and some will be combined, officials said.
The new schedules will be available by May 30 at South and Back Bay stations and will be posted on the MBCR and MBTA websites.
One extra twist: No inbound morning peak-hour trains will stop at Ruggles, the officials said, while offering several options for people who want to go to Ruggles during rush hour. Passengers on the Providence/Stoughton and Needham lines, for example, can go to Back Bay Station and get a free transfer to the Orange Line back to Ruggles, they said.
The project is expected to conclude in mid-September, officials said.
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