Partial 18-Day Shutdown of MBTA Blue Line Begins Sunday

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA has announced it will suspend Blue Line train service between Wonderland and Orient Heights stations beginning Sunday, May 22, through Wednesday, June 8.

Riders will be able to board shuttle buses between these stations during the 18-day period.

The shutdown is to allow crews to work on the Suffolk Downs pedestrian bridge, which the MBTA hopes to have completed prior to the start of MassDOT's Sumner Tunnel Restoration project on June 10. The restoration project will shut down the tunnel on weekends from Spring 2022 to Spring 2023; seven days a week from May 2023 to September 2023; and on weekends from Fall 2023 to Winter 2023.

In a press release, the MBTA said that if work on the Suffolk Downs pedestrian bridge was not finished by June 10, the bridge would not be repaired until Winter 2023 when the Sumner Tunnel fully reopens.

Work on the bridge was originally supposed to run from May 12 to May 29, but the MBTA pushed back the start date after three separate construction cart derailments on the other end of the Blue Line.

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