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MBTA LogoThe MBTA has announced that beginning on Monday, June 22nd, and continuing on selected nights through next month, Orange Line service between Oak Grove and Wellington Stations will be temporarily suspended to allow workers to make the subway more resilient to harsh winter weather conditions.

On the nights when workers will be replacing third rail and switch heaters, Orange Line service between Oak Grove and Wellington will be suspended in both directions from 8:45 p.m. to the end of regular service hours. Shuttle bus service will be provided, serving Wellington, Malden Center, and Oak Grove Stations. Regularly scheduled Orange Line service will resume at 5:00 AM each day. None of the work will take place on Friday or Saturday nights.  Check MBTA Orange Line Service Alerts for the current dates impacted.

The $83.7 million Winter Resiliency Plan is designed to address critically needed improvements to the MBTA’s infrastructure, equipment, and operations.

The work beginning next week is part of a $12.7 million project to replace third rail and switch heaters on targeted vulnerable outdoor sections of the Red and Orange Lines. Aged third rail resulted in poor power transmission in severe weather and existing heaters were unable to keep up with the snow and ice accumulations.

All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

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