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Common service resumes on Inexperienced Line Extension after commute disruption

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The problematic night got here a day after MBTA officers revealed that a lot of the brand new line wanted to be fastened.

The Inexperienced Line Extension. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe Workers, File

The MBTA resumed Inexperienced Line Extension service Friday night, after shutting it down throughout Friday’s commute and forcing riders to depend on shuttle buses for a number of hours.

  • Eng: MBTA knew years in the past that Inexperienced Line Extension was too slim

The disruption to service on the beleaguered line got here a day after Basic Supervisor Phil Eng introduced that a lot of the lately accomplished, $2.3 billion venture, must be fastened as a result of roughly two-thirds of the virtually brand-new rails should be widened. Half of the Union Sq. department and 80 % of the Medford department must be regauged. 

Eng shared Thursday that the transit company knew as early as April 2021 that elements of the Inexperienced Line Extension have been too slim however that he solely lately realized of the gauge points.

The MBTA knowledgeable passengers simply earlier than 4 p.m. on Friday that a problem with a pantograph, the equipment on prime of the practice that connects to overhead electrical wires, was inflicting delays. By 4:09 p.m., the company introduced that shuttle buses have been changing service between North Station and Union Sq. and Medford/Tufts.

The MBTA introduced that common service was resuming on the road simply earlier than 7:30 p.m. however warned riders to count on residual delays.