Riders using the Red Line’s Braintree/Quincy branch will no longer have to transfer to another train at JFK/UMass as of Monday morning, June 17, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
The agency says that the service resumption is the result of “around-the-clock repairs to signals and track infrastructure” damaged June 11 when a Red Line train derailed as it approached the JFK/UMass stop.
“We are pleased to be able to resume direct service to the Braintree branch, but we still have a lot of work to do,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement. “Recovery operations are continuing with a goal of full service, but riders should allow additional time for their commutes because track switches must be operated manually until repairs are completed.
“For Monday’s commute, we will continue to offer additional commuter rail trips and will continue to keep riders routinely updated on the schedule.”
Red Line riders on Monday should plan on an additional 20 minutes (at least) of travel time, and should be aware that countdown clocks on Red Line platforms might be deactivated “to avoid displaying inaccurate train arrival predictions,” the MBTA said.
As for commuter rail coming from the South Shore, the MBTA is beefing up service as those trains stop at three Red Line stations. And riders need only show a CharlieCard or CharlieCard ticket to commuter-rail conductors. Riders can find more here on the commuter rail changes.