Portions of the Riverside line are shutting down for THREE consecutive weekends for maintenance. One wonders how many more trees there are to prune. H/T to Srdj Nedeljkovic for pointing this out.

BOSTON- The MBTA has retained the services of North Eastern Tree Services of Cranston, Rhode Island to help remove multiple trees adjacent to the Green Line identified as posing a threat due to dead or rotting branches or branches that may be susceptible during inclement weather. In the recent past, there have been downed trees or tree branches adjacent to the MBTA’s right-of-way that have fallen onto the tracks or on the overhead wires, causing damage and resulting in service interruptions. Removing hazardous tress along the alignment is a public safety issue.

The tree pruning and tree removal activities will occur during daylight hours on the Green Line D Line Branch on three consecutive weekends:

November 25 & 26 from Reservoir to Fenway. Shuttle bus service will be provided.
December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10 from Brookline Village to Newton Highlands. Shuttle bus service will be provided.

This task is being untaken in the interest of the safety of MBTA customers, employees, and abutters and will be done as weather and service operations allow. The tree work will require workers to use equipment that produces noise in and around the work area.

The MBTA wishes to thank the general public and the direct abutters for their understanding as we continue to maintain safe rail operations and improve service along the MBTA’s Green Line.