Beverly Commuter Rail Bridge and Positive Train Control Projects
Beginning on Saturday, July 8, 2017, the MBTA will shut down Commuter Rail service on weekends for the entire Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line, and weekend shut downs will continue through September 30, 2017. The MBTA will begin installing the necessary equipment to support Positive Train Control (PTC) systems federally mandated under the Federal Railroad Administration Rail Safety Improvement Act. PTC is designed to improve safety by preventing train-to-train collisions, over speed derailments, and unexpected movement of trains through "open" switches.
A second project on the line, replacement of the Beverly Swing Bridge will also take place during this time period. The Swing Bridge replacement project will require a complete shutdown of the rail line north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station for 28 days. The 28-day shutdown north of Salem is planned for July 17 – August 13, 2017. Three public meetings will be held to provide project details, timelines, and recommended alternative transportation options.