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BOSTON — The MBTA is expected to announce a month-long closure of the Orange Line, sources tell Boston 25 Investigates.

The closure will be implemented to conduct maintenance on the rail line, which serves hundreds of thousands of passengers daily.

Gov. Charlie Baker will soon release a plan with alternatives for those riders, sources say.

This comes nearly a week after the MBTA postponed planned track and signal work on the Orange Line. Rail service was set to be diverted between Oak Grove and the Wellington stop between July 29 and Aug. 28.

“While the MBTA is pausing this work for now, the MBTA is exploring additional opportunities to accelerate work on the Orange Line, and will keep riders updated,” an MBTA spokesperson said July 27.

Gov. Baker will appear at a press conference Wednesday with Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak to “deliver an update regarding accelerated infrastructure upgrades to the MBTA to improve service, safety and reliability for riders.”

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