Franklin Line PTC Installation and Weekend Bus Shuttles
*There is no weekend Commuter Rail service at Hyde Park and Plimptonville. Therefore, bus shuttles will not stop at these 2 stations.
Bus shuttles will run on all weekends April 7 – May 27, 2018.
Free, accessible bus shuttles will travel between Forge Park/495 and Readville, making all stops (except Plimptonville*).
At Readville, you can connect to the Franklin Line Commuter Rail train, making all stops between Readville and South Station (except Hyde Park*). You'll need to pay a Zone 2 fare.
Shuttles depart Forge Park/495 at:
- 6:35 AM**
- 8:35 AM**
- 10:40 AM
- 12:40 PM
- 2:35 PM
- 4:35 PM
- 6:35 PM
- 8:35 PM
- 10:35 PM
Shuttles depart Readville at:
- 7:38 AM**
- 9:38 AM**
- 11:38 AM
- 1:38 PM
- 3:38 PM
- 5:38 PM
- 7:38 PM
- 9:38 PM
- 11:38 PM
Where do riders board the shuttle?
We'll post directional signage at every station and on the street to aid riders. (Bus shuttles are unable to enter or turn around at some Commuter Rail stations due to space limitations.)
Why do you have to shut down this part of the Franklin Line?
Amtrak is nearly done with PTC installation between Readville and South Station, so that part of the line can remain open. The MBTA needs to begin PTC installation between Forge Park/495 and Readville, so that part of the line needs to be shut down.
Why do trains have to stop running?
Due to the number of crews working on different activities (installing poles, fiber optic cable, signal houses, and antenna) in different locations along the line, everything outbound of Readville needs to be shut down.
Our time frame is tight because of a federal deadline. Because each Commuter Rail line needs PTC equipment installed, we need to start work as soon as weather permits.