Haverhill Commuter Rail Passengers Face Shuttle Bus Diversions

Some night and weekend Haverhill commuter rail riders can expect delays and diversions to shuttle buses due to bridge construction work in the Medford area.

Riders on Wednesday’s 10:50 p.m. inbound commuter rail train 228 from Haverhill and 12:10 a.m., Thursday, outbound train 229 from North Station will “terminate and originate at the Malden Center station,” Malden, according to MassDOT. Beginning 8:45 p.m., shuttle buses will transport commuter rail and Orange Line riders between Oak Grove station, Malden; Malden Center station; and Wellington Station, Medford. The diversion is due to ongoing work to replace a bridge on route 16, above MBTA rails.

“Regular MBTA and Commuter Rail service will resume at the start of service the next morning,” a MassDOT spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Saturday and Sunday commuter rail service to and from Haverhill will also be affected by the same construction diversion all day, both days. Regular rail service is to resume at the start of service on Monday.

“During the September 17-18 rail diversion period, a single right lane closure will be implemented on Route 16 westbound from Santilli Circle to Wellington Circle. Signage and other traffic control measures will guide drivers through the area.  MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes. Drivers traveling through the area should expect delays,” the spokesperson added.