Weekday commuter rail service is expected to resume as planned on Monday, Aug. 14 because work to repair the Beverly drawbridge is on schedule.
The update was offered to Hamilton town officials this week by the MBTA.
Interim MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak made a visit the Beverly Drawbridge Replacement Project this weekend. The work is on schedule and nearing completion, according to the T.
The 28-day shutdown of all Newburyport/Rockport Line service north of Salem, including service to Hamilton-Wenham station, was required in order to replace the 120-year-old swing-span bridge in Beverly and conduct follow-up alignment and testing work, which will result in more reliable Newburyport/Rockport line service. Due to the shutdown, the MBTA started on July 17 with replacement shuttle bus service between Hamilton-Wenham station and Salem station. Poftak said that regular weekday train service will resume as planned and advertised on Monday, August 14.
Also ongoing is the installation of federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure – a safety system that prevents train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, and human error – along the Newburyport/Rockport, which means commuter rail trains aren’t operating on weekends through Sept. 30.