Bunker Hill Community College Is Trying To Avert Orange Line Chaos

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Bunker Hill Community College says it's working to prevent a chaotic start to the school year, with a shutdown on the Orange Line set to last through the first two weeks of classes.

The entire Orange Line is planned to shut down for a month starting August 19th for major repairs. BHCC President Pam Eddinger tells WBZ NewsRadio 85-90% of Bunker Hill students take the T to in-person classes.

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"It needs to be fixed. It's going to be tough, but we're going to grit our teeth," she said.

Eddinger says BHCC is working with Cambridge College and Roxbury Community College, also on the Orange Line, holding high-level talks with the state and MBTA leadership to try and make sure shuttle routes have enough service.

"It's all hands on deck for this one."

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Students are less than optimistic that the MBTA's shuttles will be up to par during the busy start to the semester.

"Like, they could have done it during the summer ... but, like, at the beginning of September? That's not good," one student said.

"It's going to be a hot mess."

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