BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Much of the MBTA Blue Line will be shut down for maintenance, starting on Monday. Free bus shuttles and ferries will replace train service on the T between the Airport and Bowdoin stations.
The planned maintenance had been set to take place on April 2 through April 14, but the Government Center Garage collapse in late March pushed the repairs later. Now, the section of track will be closed between Monday and May 8.
The MBTA is replacing 1,800 feet of track in the Blue Line Harbor Tunnel, and will also inspect drainage systems and seal leaks. The T says the work will save it between $2-3 million.
The shuttles will operate in an "inbound loop," stopping at stations only on the way towards the center of the city between Maverick and Government Center, then running back outbound without stopping. The buses will not actually stop at Bowdoin, but will continue on the loop.
The buses will run all day — shuttles will drop writers off but not pick them up at certain stops, like State station.
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) has more and spoke to passengers: