MBTA Postpones Planned Partial Blue Line Service Shutdown

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA is postponing scheduled repairs on the Blue Line, that would have shut down part of the line.

The original plan would have seen Blue Line service from Airport to Government Center replaced with shuttle buses from April 2 to April 14, because of planned repairs to the harbor tunnel. The work has now been canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime later this spring.

Work on the tunnel is part of the MBTA's five-year capital improvement program that costs $8 billion. This round of maintenance will include replacing up to 1,800 feet of tracks in the tunnel along with improving the tunnel's flood resiliency. The plan also includes work to repair any water-damaged equipment and waterproofing any cracks or water entry points.

This move to postpone scheduled maintenance comes after the MBTA had to shut down service for the Orange and Green Lines in downtown Boston after a partial collapse of the Government Center Parking garage. The MBTA had to shut down service to make sure the subway tunnels did not take any structural damage during the collapse.

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The Orange Line has since resumed nearly full service, excluding the Haymarket stop, while the Green Line is shut down from North Station to Government Center.

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