Published in the September 7, 2017 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Beginning Saturday, Sept. 23 and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 2, there we be no train service on weekends in Wakefield while the MBTA installs a new train safety control system on the Haverhill commuter rail line.

This is a federally-mandated upgrade that will prevent human error and reduce train collisions and derailments. The MBTA must shut down service to effectively meet deadlines required by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The MBTA will use bus shuttles to transport Saturday and Sunday riders on the Haverhill line to Oak Grove. Weekday services will not be impacted.

MBTA public meetings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reading Public Library and on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library where commuters can learn more about improvements being made this fall on the Haverhill commuter rail line and the alternative travel options being provided to keep you moving.

All locations are accessible for people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request including, but not limited to, interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats such as audio tapes, braille and large print, as available.

Requests should be made as soon as possible before the meetings. In case of inclement weather, meeting cancellation announcements will be posted on Visit to learn more.