And it’s quite the situation.
After months of delays, derailments, fires and even death, the MBTA has announced some shutdowns to get itself back on track. Here are the latest:
The Orange Line
The Orange Line will be shutdown and replaced with shuttle buses from August 19th-September 19th. Fingers crossed it will only take 30 days.
The Green Line
The MBTA announced Friday that it will be shutting down the new Green Line Extension for four weeks. From Aug 22-Sept 18, shuttle buses will replace Green Line service between Union Sq-Government Ctr. During this time, we’ll help connect GLX Medford Branch, install noise walls & repair a slow zone while allowing developer to demolish Government Center Garage.
The Red Line
Several Red Line stops have been replaced with shuttle buses. The MBTA said in a news release that shuttle buses will replace evening Red Line Braintree branch service beginning at approximately 9 PM through the end of service from Monday to Thursday for two consecutive weeks on August 1–4 and August 8–11.
Back in June, the MBTA announced it was downscaling service in response to a staffing shortage that federal transportation authorities have stated is a safety risk for riders and workers. The Red, Orange and Blue Lines are now on a Saturday schedule every weekday. Officials said they plan to return Red, Orange and Blue Lines to full service levels “as soon as sufficient dispatch capacity exists.”
Here locally in South Boston, MBTA commuters struggle with the whole “bus situation” weekly with overcrowding and not enough buses. You’ve seen the lines, right? You can read about it here.
Back in May, officials from the MassDOT and the MBTA launched the MBTA’s new draft network map as part of Bus Network Redesign. It was revealed that there would be some changes to the #7, #10 and #11. And the neighborhood went nuts.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley are calling for MBTA commuters to get a free ride! Via a joint-statement, both elected officials are asking that all subway lines and bus lines be free during the 30-day Orange Line shutdown to make up for the aggravation.
Looks like it’s gonna be a cruel summer (and fall) when it comes to commuting on the MBTA. What do you think?