FRAMINGHAM – Riders of the MBTA’s Commute rail between Worcester and Framingham will see buses not train on the weekends, starting Memorial Day weekend.
Free buses will replace weekend commuter rail trains between May 26 and June 17, so Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment can be installed.
The cost to ride the commuter rail between Framingham and Worcester will remain the same at $9.25 one way.
A 2008 federal mandate requires all commuter rail operators to install PTC systems.
“The PTC project will improve every commuter rail passenger’s safety by reducing human error in a range of scenarios,” stated an MBTA press release, “including possible derailments and collisions.”
Starting June 23 through the end of July, free shuttle buses will replace train service between Framingham and Wellesley Farms.