BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — For some it's a matter of switching colors on the T, but for others, the incoming Orange and partial Green Line shutdowns are inspiring bus rides with a fresh coat of paint on Boston's Boylston Street.
WBZ's James Rojas spoke to an early morning Green Line commuter who says he's not thrilled at the prospect of packed trains in the afternoons, after the Orange Line shutdown begins on Friday.
"Yeah the Green Line's already crowded, and with that new flux of passengers it might be kind of difficult," one T rider said.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority painted a new bus lane on Boylston Street to account for the extra resulting shuttle service. Once the shutdown begins, crews will work on infrastructure repairs until the expected return date of regular service 30 days later, on September 18.
T officials have indicated that free shuttle buses will travel between Oak Grove and Government Center and between Back Bay and Forest Hill Stations, though questions are up in the air if buses will be covering the gap in the middle of those. If not, riders may have to take a shuttle buse, transfer to the Green Line for downtown Boston service, and then board another bus for last stop Orange Line destinations.
At 11 a.m. on Monday Governor Charlie Baker along with MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak and multiple Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials are set to hold a press briefing concerning the upcoming service disruptions.
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.