MBTA shutting down part of Red Line weeknights for track work

                Shuttle buses will replace service on the Braintree branch of the MBTA Red Line for several weeknights in August.  The MBTA says traditional subway service will end between JFK/UMass and Braintree at approximately 9 pm from Mondays to Thursdays for two consecutive weeks, between Aug.  1-4 and Aug.  8-11.Free, accessible shuttle buses will make all stops between JFK/UMass stations and Braintree during these evening weekday diversions, the MBTA says.  The MBTA says the early closure each weeknight will allow them to get an early start on tie replacement and track re-alignment work that, when completed, will allow the transit agency to remove speed restrictions along the Braintree branch."As the MBTA continues to work with the FTA on safety enhancements, the track and maintenance work to take place during these evening Red Line diversions will continue to allow the T to build a better and safer system for all of its riders and employees," MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said .  "These evening diversions allow us to address necessary track repairs and speed restrictions on the Braintree branch, which will lead to a faster trip for Red Line riders." The announcement comes just days after another safety incident along the trouble section of track.  A set of subway cars rolled out of the Braintree railyard early Monday morning, onto the Red Line and hundreds of feet past a subway station."Shortly after 5:30 morning, a two-car train set with a train operator on board rolled out of the rail yard and onto the Red Line at Braintree Station," a spokesperson for the transit agency said.  The spokesperson said the incident happened as MBTA personnel were readying Red Line trains for the start of service.  "The two-car train set had diminished braking capacity and it came to a stop approximately 800 feet north of Braintree Station," the spokesperson said.  "There were no injuries nor damage, but service was disrupted as T personnel worked to return the disabled, two-car set to the rail yard."The MBTA said it has notified the Federal Transit Administration and the Department of Public Utilities of the incident. and a full investigation is underway.  "Investigators will work to determine whether the rules and procedures for moving trains were properly followed," the spokesperson said.  It's the latest safety incident in the same stretch of tracks involving Red Line subway cars.  On May 30, a Red Line subway train became detached and rolled backward through Braintree Station.The incident occurred when two workers tried to uncouple the last two cars from a Red Line train because of an air conditioning problem.  The train eventually came to a stop on its own.  A Red Line supervisor was on administrative suspension while the investigation into that incident was ongoing, the transit agency said last month.  "In accordance with the FTA special directives, the MBTA is taking corrective actions to enhance safety around the movement of rail cars in yards," the spokesperson said following Monday's incident.  "Accompanied with plans to increase staffing at rail yards, the MBTA recently issued a series of new safety directives, trainings, and polices regarding train movements in rail yard facilities and car houses."
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                <strong class="dateline">BOSTON —</strong>                                          <p>Shuttle buses will replace service on the Braintree branch of the MBTA Red Line for several weeknights in August. 

The MBTA says traditional subway service will end between JFK/UMass and Braintree at approximately 9 pm from Mondays to Thursdays for two consecutive weeks, between Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 8-11.

Free, accessible shuttle buses will make all stops between JFK/UMass and Braintree stations during these evening weekday diversions, the MBTA says.

The MBTA says the early closure each weeknight will allow them to get an early start on tie replacement and track re-alignment work that, when completed, will allow the transit agency to remove speed restrictions along the Braintree branch.

“As the MBTA continues to work with the FTA on safety enhancements, the track and maintenance work to take place during these evening Red Line diversions will continue to allow the T to build a better and safer system for all of its riders and employees,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said. “These evening diversions allow us to address necessary track repairs and speed restrictions on the Braintree branch, which will lead to a faster trip for Red Line riders.”

The announcement comes just days after another safety incident along the trouble section of track.

A set of subway cars rolled out of the Braintree railyard early Monday morning, onto the Red Line and hundreds of feet past a subway station.

Shortly after 5:30 [Monday] morning, a two-car train set with a train operator on board rolled out of the rail spokesperson yard and onto the Red Line at Braintree Station,” a for the transit agency said.

The spokesperson said the incident happened as MBTA personnel were readying Red Line trains for the start of service.

“The two-car train set had diminished braking capacity and it came to a stop approximately 800 feet north of Braintree Station,” the spokesperson said. “There were no injuries nor damage, but service was disrupted as T personnel worked to return the disabled, two-car set to the rail yard.”

The MBTA said it has notified the Federal Transit Administration and the Department of Public Utilities of the incident and a full investigation is underway.

“Investigators will work to determine whether the rules and procedures for moving trains were properly followed,” the spokesperson said.

It’s the latest safety incident in the same stretch of tracks involving Red Line subway cars.

On May 30, a Red Line subway train became detached and rolled backward through Braintree Station.

The incident occurred when two workers tried to uncuple the last two cars from a Red Line train because of an air conditioning problem.

The train eventually came to a stop on its own. A Red Line supervisor was on administrative suspension while the investigation into that incident was ongoing, the transit agency said last month.

“In accordance with the FTA special directives, the MBTA is taking corrective actions to enhance safety around the movement of rail cars in yards,” the spokesperson said following Monday’s incident. “Accompanied with plans to increase staffing at rail yards, the MBTA recently issued a series of new safety directives, trainings, and polices regarding train movements in rail yard facilities and car houses.”

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