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30-day shutdown to accelerate major improvements

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  The MBTA is implementing a 30-day full access closure across the entire line beginning at approximately 9 p.m. on August 19 through September 18 with service resuming on Monday, September 19, to improve service, safety and reliability on a faster timeline. The major revitalization work to take place on the Orange Line during this 30-day shutdown will deliver several projects over five years faster than originally planned and will result in track replacement and upgraded signal systems. The MBTA will also be able to accomplish required track maintenance associated with Federal Transit Association (FTA) directives. Alternative service options will be available for Orange Line riders.

  Alternative travel options for Orange Line riders: Orange Line riders who must commute downtown are stronglyencouraged to use the various alternatives the MBTA is providing:

  • Enhanced Commuter Rail. All Zone 1A, 1 and 2 fares can be paid simply by showing a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket on all Commuter Rail lines. During these 30 days, most south-side Needham and Providence Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Back Bay and South Station. On the north side, Haverhill Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Oak Grove, Malden Center and North Station.
  • Seek existing MBTA bus and subway alternatives
  • Alternative shuttle bus service

  For more specifics on the closure, you can visit the webpages for Orange Line Track and Signal Upgrades (https://www.mbta.com/projects/orange-line-track-and-signal-upgrades-2022) and Building a Better T 2022 (https://www.mbta.com/projects/building-better-t-2022).

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