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MBTA accelerates Red Line infrastructure work

MBTA will accomplish the infrastructure work about a month and a half sooner than previously planned.
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The Massachusetts BayTransportation Authority (MBTA) today will begin infrastructure work on the Red Line between Braintree and Quincy Center stations on an accelerated 14-day schedule. 

Work includes replacement of 3,500 ties; concrete repairs, elevator structure work; track replacements, resurfacing and ballast work; and bridge inspections and related repairs on the Red Line.

The work was previously scheduled to take place during a series of shutdowns later this year, but accomplishing the work during 14 consecutive days allows the project to be finished about a month and a half sooner than previously planned, MBTA officials said in a press release. 

This work comes as part of the MBTA’s plan to quicken the pace of infrastructure projects in 2020, officials said. 

Taking advantage of this temporary shutdown, work crews also will overhaul 22 fare gates, and cut and clear vegetation adjacent to Red Line track.

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