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MBTA completed major Green Line renovations during shutdowns

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The work removed 16 safety-related speed restrictions, the agency said.

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The MBTA announced Monday that it completed renovations of the Green Line on Monday, reopening service tracks that were suspended for several weeks

Officials said in a statement that the “critical track work” removed 16 safety-related speed restrictions and shortened another one by over 500 feet. Renovations included replacing tens of thousands of feet of rail, structural repairs to station roofs, and signal and power system repairs. 

The Green Line has experienced serious service interruptions in recent weeks, including the suspension of service between Babcock Street to Kenmore, Heath Street and Copley, and Kenmore and North Station for 10 days from Jan. 3-12 and almost two weeks from Jan. 16-28. 

The MBTA said “unencumbered access” to tracks during service suspensions, along with weekend and evening diversions, allowed crews to complete the work. 

“I’m proud of the work our crews were able to accomplish during this most recent Green Line shutdown — the Green Line tunnel in the downtown area received tremendous maintenance and attention that will have a generational impact on current and future riders, and we were able to tackle this critical work thanks to the unencumbered access to the track area,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng in a statement.

The updates included enhancements to Green Line stations, including the installation of new flooring and lighting, maintenance of wood benches and handrails, and flooring and tile repairs, the agency said.

The Green Line Transformation program is one of the ongoing projects of the MBTA. The program, which seeks to improve reliability and quality of service to the T’s most popular light rail line, requires “major upgrades to tracks, signals, stations, facilities and vehicles,” according to the MBTA website.

“This important work means riders will experience a more reliable trip on the Green Line with fewer unplanned service disruptions related to older tracks, older infrastructure, signal issues, or power problems,” officials said in the statement. “Riders will also be provided with a safer ride as a result of this state of good repair work.”

Further shutdowns of MBTA train lines are planned for February. Red Line service will be suspended between Alewife to Harvard from Feb. 5 to Feb. 14. The Green Line will be shut down again between Copley to several stations from Feb. 20 to March 8.

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