The MBTA will shut the newly opened Inexperienced Line extension for 4 weeks

The rail line that brought Green Line service to Somerville opened in late March, 32 years after the state promised to extend the service. Customers will be able to use free shuttle buses during the closure. Service will resume on Sept. 19, the MBTA said.

The Medford branch of the Green Line extension also opened repeated delays. It was planned to start transporting passengers in December, then in May and this summer. Test trains began running on the new branch on May 14, the MBTA said. As of late November, the MBTA has not given a date when service is expected to be available.

The Medford branch consists of five stations: College Avenue, Ball Square, Magoun Square, Gilman Square, and East Somerville.

From the collision of the Green Line in 2021 In July, the T experienced a series of problems: an escalator malfunctioned at Back Bay Station, causing a bloody pileup and nine people were injured, and a commuter train killed a woman in her car after a crossing signal in Wilmington. broke down, two more Green Line trains crashed and derailed, injuring four people, and a man was dragged to his death by a Red Line train at Broadway Station when his arm got stuck in a subway door.

The death prompted intense scrutiny by federal transit safety regulators, who began a near-unprecedented inspection of the subway system in mid-April. The Federal Transit Administration is expected to release its final report on T.

In June, LPS said it found the MBTA did not have enough dispatchers to safely operate its subways, prompting the agency to cut service on the Orange, Blue and Red lines by more than 20 percent. Federal inspectors also said the T must repair and renovate large areas of subway tracks.

This report used material from previous Globe stories.


Laura Crimaldi can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi. Taylor Dolven can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @taydolven.

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