Newburyport-Rockport weekend trains resume Sept. 2

05-15-14, Gloucester, MA: Rockport bound MBTA commuter rail train crosses bridge over the Annisquam River in Gloucester, Mass. May 15, 2014. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/, Business ( 052514location )
John Blanding/Globe Staff file
An MBTA commuter rail train crosses the bridge over the Annisquam River in Gloucester heading to Rockport.

Five weeks ahead of schedule, weekend service on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line is scheduled to resume Saturday, Sept. 2.

The train route that runs through Beverly and then splits to continue to either Newburyport or Rockport was shut down on weekends for the installation of “a long list of maintenance, safety, and infrastructure repair projects, including new track and grade crossings and other upgrades,” according to the MBTA.

The project also included installation of a positive train control system that automatically reduces train speeds to avoid collisions.


Weekday commuter rail riders on the Newburyport/Rockport line north of Salem had to take shuttle buses from July 17 to Aug. 13 while the Beverly Drawbridge was replaced.

Starting this week, off-peak passengers traveling between Rockport and Gloucester will be bussed to and from those two stations for a five-week period while rails are replaced on a 4-mile stretch between Gloucester and Rockport.

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