T launches MBTA.com/Weekend for upcoming weekend work
New page consolidates major work into one, concise location
On November 9, 2018, the MBTA announced the launch of MBTA.com/Weekend, a customer-focused webpage that details major weekend rail service changes in one, simplified format. With infrastructure investments underway across the system, the page is an attempt to simplify trip-planning throughout all of the various construction projects.
This new page is for customers who use the T differently on weekends than they do on weekdays, and who might be unaware of weekend diversions in places that they're less familiar with. The content is intended to inform customers of planned service disruptions on the T’s subway and light-rail systems, as well as on the commuter rail network.
“Rebuilding the T starts with making investments in our core infrastructure. We acknowledge that our targeted plan to invest in track, signals, and power will cause some disruptions, but the end result will be major improvements in our ability to deliver a safe and reliable service our customers can depend on,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “For our customers whose weekend travel takes them on lines they don’t use every day, MBTA.com/Weekend offers a clear and concise answer to the question of what do I need to know?”
As the MBTA continues to execute on its five-year, $8 billion capital investment plan, these investments will inevitably cause some changes to regularly scheduled service. The T’s five-year CIP places heavy emphasis on making core system upgrades to areas such as track, signals, and power systems. Given the nature of this work, and to maximize the amount of time required to make these investments, the T schedules much of this work overnight and on weekends.
“While we understand service disruptions can be inconvenient to our customers, we need to strike the right balance between accelerating system investments and continuing to move our customers when they need us the most,” said MBTA Deputy General Manager Jeffrey Gonneville. “Weekend work allows us the longest window of time to advance these key investments which could not otherwise move forward without disrupting regular service during periods of high ridership.”
MBTA.com/Weekend will be updated on a weekly basis and will provide details of the work underway, the location, service alternatives during weekend diversions, and an estimate of the work’s duration. For larger-scale projects, the site will also provide deeper context of a particular project’s scope, timeframe, and the ultimate benefits T customers will experience.
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