BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As the MBTA is in the process of replacing more than 2,200 feet of track and making improvements to several T stations, parts of the Orange Line will be shut down on the coming weekends.
This weekend marked the first of six weekends that the shutdowns will occur between the Sullivan Square and Tufts Medical Center.
The shutdowns began at 8:45 p.m. Friday night.
Shuttle buses are replacing service between Sullivan Square and Haymarket.
The shutdowns have caught some riders off guard and feeling frustrated Saturday morning.
“I should have been at work already,” one passenger, who did not know about the shutdowns, said. “I just found out when I was on my way to Downtown Crossing.”
The closures will run through November 10, with regular service resuming each Monday morning.
The planned worked is meant to create “a safer, more reliable” experience on the T. And the weekend shutdowns will help the MBTA “complete work at Downtown Crossing, Haymarket, and State Street faster—11 months earlier than planned," according to the MBTA,
The MBTA said they will "replace and add new signage, clean, paint, and repair stairs [and] tiles within the stations. The T will also replace 2,250 feet of track and paint within Chinatown Station."
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WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports