“The plan to close the entire Orange Line during this 30-day period will give work crews unimpeded access to all 20 Orange Line stations, more than 121,000 feet of track and infrastructure, allowing perform a substantial amount of work. be achieved,” the MBTA said in a statement on its website Wednesday.
“After these 30 days, passengers will experience faster travel and better service on an Orange Line fleet that consists predominantly of new cars.”
If you trust the Orange Line, the MBTA has some tips for exceeding the closing of a month.
The T is urging Orange Line riders who need to get downtown to use the commuter rail. The agency said all Zone 1A, 1 and 2 fares can be paid by showing a CharlieCard or CharlieTickets to the conductor on all commuter rail lines.
Many commuter trains will make additional stops to accommodate the closure of the Orange Line. According to the T, “Most Needham and Providence Line commuter trains passing through the South Side will stop at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Back Bay and South Station. On the north side, Haverhill Line commuter trains will stop at Oak Grove, Malden Center and North Station.”
The T said passenger schedules will soon be updated to reflect scheduling changes.
Shuttle buses will replace Orange Line service (more on that in a second), but riders should also check existing bus routes to see if that’s a better option. Bus schedules can be found hereand if you’re not used to taking the bus, the MBTA has a beginners guide. The T also encouraged riders to check out the subway map and timetable for possible alternatives.
The MBTA has a $37 million contract with Yankee Line, Inc., for bus service during the closure. MBTA shuttle buses will also be on the roads.
“Shuttle bus service will operate in both directions, connecting the Oak Grove and Forest Hills stations to downtown Boston,” the MBTA said on its website. “Passengers should expect this alternative bus service to take longer and be less reliable than regular Orange Line train service. The MBTA is currently discussing options with the City of Boston on how to better serve the downtown area and will provide updated information soon. This service will be free of charge for passengers and will be completely accessible.”
If you have a job that allows you to work remotely, the MBTA recommends doing so during the 30-day shutdown. The agency is also encouraging employers “with hybrid work policies to allow employees to work from home as much as possible.”
MBTA parking lots at Orange Line stations will continue to collect parking fees, the agency said. The MBTA said it “will communicate lost parking impacts related to shuttle buses in advance if necessary.”
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