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Apparently, the old adage

"We have two seasons - winter and construction" doesn't just apply to highways. Got this e-mail from Keolis regarding pending track work on the Haverhill line. In summary, riders should expect delays and bustitution.

To All of Our Haverhill Line Customers
TRACK WORK NOTICE - Effective May 4th- June 26, 2015

Due to necessary rail improvements, the MBTA Commuter Rail will be providing bus service between Reading and Haverhill for midday trains, Monday through Friday beginning Monday, May 4, 2015.

The following Inbound trains will have bus service between Haverhill and Reading*:

212: 9:44am from Haverhill
214: 12:00pm from Haverhill
218: 2:40pm from Haverhill
220: 4:30pm from Haverhill (Passengers bused to Anderson Station to connect with train 330)

*Train 216: Passengers of train 216 from Andover and Ballardvale Stations will be bused directly to their destination station. Wilmington and Anderson passengers please use Lowell Line train 322 departing at times indicated with *.

The following Outbound trains will have bus service between Reading and Haverhill:

203: 8:04am from North Station
205: 10:30am from North Station
207: 12:20pm from North Station
209: 1:10pm from North Station
211: 3:00pm from North Station

Haverhill trains may also experience delays of approximately 5 minutes through the work period.

Trains to and from Reading Station are not expected to be impacted by this work.

For updates, questions or concerns, visit www.mbta.com, call Customer Service at 617-222-3200, or follow us on Twitter at @mbta_cr

We apologize for any inconvenience as a result of this improvement project.

Thank you as always for choosing the commuter rail.
Keolis Commuter Services

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We have 4 seasons. Almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

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That time of year when the rails get slippery and my local T driver takes the opportunity to test out how well the train slides.

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We are currently running normal service. We apologize for the delays.......

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Not sure if this is actually some MBTA rep who didn't have time to confirm the account saying something about actually being on normal timetables, or some satirical joke about how the T's "normal service" is usually a long line in front of a bus.

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I always thought potholes & pavin' were the two seasons here.

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At least they are telling you way in advance..

Like the flyer I saw yesterday about the Providence Line delays.. more communication.

Sounds like Keolis is starting to get that they need to communicate better to the riders and frankly just be honest with them.

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Also, the north end of the Orange Line is bussing this weekend due to continued work on Assembly Square station. It never ends, it seems.

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I can't believe how many years it takes the Commuter Rail to do repairs like replacing bridge decks.

Why couldn't they learn from projects like the I-93 Fast 14, where one direction of a bridge deck was replaced per weekend? Off-peak and weekend commuter rail schedules are already infrequent enough to fit through a single track work zone.

Instead we get years of shuttle buses, or in the case of the Fitchburg line, zero weekend service at all.

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