Bumping this thread to ask about the magnitude of the PTC signal work on this line east of Framingham.
Previously, per T alerts if I remember correctly, trains were to be annulled with limited bustitution on this line on weekends up to June 28. Today T alerts say:
The Worcester Line PTC implementation work has been extended through at least July 5. Buses will replace all train service between Framingham & S Station. No service at Lansdowne & Boston Landing. We will provide additional updates as work progresses.
Weekends through July, buses replace Worcester service between Back Bay & Framingham to connect with regular train service while PTC is installed. No service at Auburndale, W. Newton, Newtonville, Boston Landing, Lansdowne or South Station.
A Keolis guide at Wellesley Farms station told me today that this service curtailment could extend into August? Why is the T extending this outage which their alerts indicated should have been finished by now so dramatically?
On the other hand judging by observing only 2 cars at the Wellesley Farm parking lot today (ie, a weekday), running buses is probably adequate for the duration of the pandemic as "commuters" work from home.
On a related note, Amtrak 448/449 had been cancelled/bustituted on the days when the T trains weren't running east of Framingham. I wonder what the operating status of the Boston extension of the Lake Shore Ltd is through July? Amtrak web site no longer has a service alert posted for these trains so maybe they're running?