Between April 25 and May 8, Blue Line service will be suspended between Airport and Bowdoin Stations to accommodate harbor tunnel repair work with alternate shuttle bus and ferry services provided. Between May 12 and May 29, Blue Line service will be suspended between Wonderland and Orient Heights Stations to allow for work to take place on the Suffolk Downs pedestrian bridge with alternate shuttle bus service provided.
“The work accomplished during these closures will ultimately lead to better, safer, more reliable service for our Blue Line riders on a faster timeline,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “We know these diversions can be an inconvenience, but these service suspensions allow us to expedite critical tunnel and infrastructure work. I want to thank our Blue Line riders for their patience while we accelerate these important projects.”
Diversion between Airport and Bowdoin
Free bus shuttles will replace Blue Line service between Airport and Bowdoin all day, every day between April 25 and May 8 to accommodate harbor tunnel repair work. Shuttle buses will operate in a one-way inbound loop through the downtown area. Shuttle buses will not stop at Bowdoin; Bowdoin riders are instead asked to board and exit shuttles at Government Center Station. The shuttle bus stop at State Station is drop-off only. Express bus shuttles will not stop at Maverick Station.
Alternate ferry services will also be available from Lewis Mall near Maverick Station to Long Wharf – operating approximately every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Riders should show their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket to boat crews for entry.
During this Blue Line service suspension, crews will accelerate necessary track replacement work and other infrastructure improvements. The scope of work includes a $5 million investment in the replacement of 1,800 feet of full depth track. Other activities that will take place simultaneously include tunnel and drainage system inspections, sealing leaks, upgrading tunnel lighting, fiber optic cable installation and the removal of abandoned cable and signal repairs – all totaling approximately $2 million.
This 14-day acceleration of work replaces approximately one year of performing the work during nights and weekends. It also significantly reduces the costs associated with contractor crews mobilizing and demobilizing each night and each weekend, and costs for shuttle buses and transit operational support. The estimated savings for performing this work in 14 days instead of during evening and weekend diversions over the course of one year is approximately $2-3 million.
Diversion between Wonderland and Orient Heights
Free bus shuttles will replace Blue Line service between Wonderland and Orient Heights Stations all day, every day between May 12 and May 29 to accommodate critical repair work on the pedestrian bridge at Suffolk Downs Station.
Ridership on the Blue Line is nearly 40 percent below what it was before the pandemic. In addition to community group briefings last month, the MBTA continues to communicate public information about this important work. The MBTA is being proactive in completing these reliability and resiliency improvements ahead of this summer’s planned shutdown of the Sumner Tunnel.