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MBTA to operate trains on Greenbush Branch for first time in almost 50 years


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) recently restored the Greenbush Branch of the Old Colony Line, connecting the commuter-rail line to existing Plymouth and Middleboro lines. In summer, trains will rumble over the branch for the first time in about half a century.

The 18-mile, seven-station Greenbush Branch runs through the cities of Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset and Scituate. Service on the line was terminated in 1959, when the Southeast Expressway opened.

The line restoration is the third and final phase of the Old Colony Railroad Rehabilitation project, which was launched in the mid-1990s to reduce expressway congestion. The Plymouth and Middleboro branches were restored by 1997.

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