The MBTA announced it will shut down the entire B branch of the Green Line for 12 days for track upgrades and repairs. Shuttle buses will replace service from Kenmore to Boston College stations from July 17 through July 28.
During the 12-day shutdown, the MBTA said it will replace 2,000 feet of tracks between Allston and Packard's Corner. Crews also plan to repaint pedestrian crossings, bike lanes and platform edges along the branch.
The announcement comes after a train derailed at the Packard's Corner stop on June 12 with 30 people aboard. No one was injured in the derailment, but buses replaced trolley service between Kenmore and Washington Street from the night of the incident through the next morning.
"The recent derailment is a stark reminder that we have work to do, and accelerating this work when schools are out is the best way to address a long-standing issue," said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng in a statement. "This 12-day full access closure allows us to implement track renewal safely and most efficiently along the Green Line’s B Branch, and most importantly, improve service.”
The T planned to hold a public meeting on June 28 to discuss the closure and track work.