In order to meet the federally mandated implementation of Commuter Rail Positive Train Control (PTC), MassDOT will be suspending weekend service on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line from July 8th through September 30th of 2017. Replacement of the Beverly Swing Bridge will also take place during this time period with a complete shutdown of the rail line north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station for 28 days from July 17th through August 13th.
Statement received from MassDOT on June 20, 2017:
During the Beverly Drawbridge reconstruction, scheduled for weekdays from July 17 to August 13, the MBTA will provide bus shuttle service to all stations north of Salem.
During the Positive Train Control installation on the Newburyport/Rockport Line, scheduled for weekends beginning July 8 and ending September 30, the MBTA will provide bus shuttle service from North Station to all stations on the Newburyport/Rockport Line including Chelsea, Lynn and Swampscott Stations.
Revised schedules are not yet available for weekend or weekday service. They are under development and will be released next week.
Customers are urged not to park in Salem, as station parking is limited. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced in downtown and neighborhood areas.
Click the links below for additional information previously received from MassDOT.
Press Release from MBTA - June 5, 2017
Weekday Alternate Transportation Options
Weekend Alternate Transportation Options