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MBTA launches new site for weekend rail service disruptions
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has unveiled a new webpage designed to detail major rail weekend service changes in a simplified format.
The agency created the page as it continues to roll out its five-year, $8 billion capital investment plan, which will include major infrastructure upgrades. The page is aimed at simplifying trip-planning throughout those construction projects, MBTA officials said in a press release.
The page includes information about planned service disruptions along MBTA's subway and light-rail systems, as well as on its commuter-rail network. It’s geared toward riders who use the agency's services differently on weekends than they do on weekdays and might be unaware of weekend diversions in places they're unfamiliar with, MBTA officials said.
"While we understand service disruptions can be inconvenient to our customers, we need to strike the right balance between accelerating system investments and continuing to move our customers when they need us the most," said MBTA Deputy General Manager Jeffrey Gonneville. "Weekend work allows us the longest window of time to advance these key investments which could not otherwise move forward without disrupting regular service during periods of high ridership."
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