North Shore Rail Shutdown Weekend Travel


Though the Newburyport / Rockport commuter rail line will be closed for repairs and upgrades weekdays north of Salem between July 17th – August 13th and both lines will be totally closed on weekends between July 8th – September 30th, the North Shore is open for business and open for fun. We have lots of options for you to get where you want to go!


MBTA Bus Shuttles – The MBTA will run bus shuttles between North Station and all stations along the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line.  Shuttles will be ADA compliant with wi-fi and restrooms available for passenger convenience.  The cost of the shuttle bus is $10 per round trip.  Tickets available for purchase at the North Station ticket counter or use your Zone 3 commuter rail pass.

Take an MBTA bus from one of the many location along its route (buses between 424-465 are North Shore buses; routes 111 and 116/117 serve Chelsea).

The MBTA Trip Planner can help you find you best option for your travel to and within the North Shore.

The BEVERLY SHUTTLE runs on Saturdays and provides access to/ from the Beverly Depot Station, downtown, beaches, and other attractions. See bus schedule and map.

BLUE LINE – Parking is available at many stations along the Blue Line with varying availability. The MBTA has several North Shore bus routes that travel to Wonderland at the end of the Blue Line in Revere.

Take the SALEM FERRYExpanded weekend ferry service: The City of Salem and Boston Harbor Cruises will be expanding ferry service to and from Long Wharf in Boston on weekends from July 15 through September 30. Please note that these trips will be on the 272-passenger catamaran ferry The Manhattan, a different vessel from the Bowditch, Salem’s regular ferry, and trip times will be increased to approximately 75 minutes.

WEEKEND ADDITIONAL FERRY (July 15 through September 30)

Depart Long Wharf, Boston Arrive Salem Wharf
10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Depart Salem Wharf Arrive Long Wharf, Boston
12:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
3:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m.

During the period of July 17 through August 13 there will not be additional weekday ferry service, but increased ridership is anticipated, especially during commuting hours, so ferry passengers are advised to plan accordingly, purchase tickets in advance online at, and arrive early if possible. Parking availability is limited at the Blaney Street lot, so commuters are encouraged to walk or bike to the ferry whenever possible. Bike racks are provided next to the ferry office, bicycles are allowed on the ferry, and there is Zagster-Salem Bike Share hub at Blaney Wharf.

BIKE – Get your exercise while experiencing the beauty of the North Shore. Biking is great option for folks who are traveling 1-10 miles!  Or if you are traveling to Salem, a great way to travel around to see the sites and attractions is via the city’s new Zagster Bike Share. Zagster bike stations are located in several areas of the city and there’s a station conveniently located directly across from the Salem commuter rail station at the corner of Federal Street and Washington Street and at the Salem Ferry dock.

CARPOOL – It’s easy to commute smart and save green!  Bay State Commute, Scoop, Skedaddle – there’s an option that’s right for you to commute smart to the station!

UBERPOOL / LYFTLINE – Need or want someone else to do the driving for you? Try a shared commute with UBER OR LYFT!