With the holidays rapidly approaching, the MBTA has released its 2017 Fall/Winter commuter rail schedule and paused some of the long-term construction work on the T. Here’s what you need to know about the changes.
The commuter rail will offer service to Plymouth for the America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, November 18. A train will leave South Station at 8:30 a.m. to arrive in Plymouth at 9:27 a.m. From the station, attendees can take a free shuttle bus to the parade route. Train 1038, originating in Kingston, will make a special stop in Plymouth at approximately 3:45 p.m. to pick up passengers returning to Boston.
Commuter rail trains will begin to operate on a new schedule on November 20.
On Wednesday, November 22, outbound trains on the Franklin, Needham, Kingston, Plymouth, Providence, and Worcester lines leaving Boston between 2 and 4 p.m. will have extra coach cars to accommodate for Thanksgiving travel. Extra customer service team members and Keolis Passenger Assistants will also help direct customers in hopes of speeding up boarding.
On Thanksgiving Day, trains will run on a Sunday schedule. Those planning to use the trains should refer to their route’s November 23 schedule on the MBTA website.
Trains will run normally between Park Street and Kendall/MIT this weekend, November 18 and 19, and on November 25 and 26.
Shuttles continue to run between North Quincy and Braintree from Sunday to Thursday from approximately 9 p.m. to the end of service. On Thanksgiving Day, there will be no evening shuttles.
Shuttles will replace trains between Ruggles and Forest Hills this weekend, November 18 and 19.
On the D line shuttles will replace trains between Newton Highlands and Brookline Hills on November 25 and 26 for track work.
Thanksgiving Day subway schedule
Red Line: Every 5 to 9 minutes between Alewife and JFK/UMass and every 12 to 17 minutes between JFK/UMass and Ashmont or Braintree
Orange Line: Every 11 to 15 minutes
Blue Line: Every 8 to 15 minutes
Green Line: Every 5 to 22 minutes on the B line, every 8 to 15 minutes on the C line, every 10 to 20 minutes on the D line, every 10 to 17 minutes on the E line