MBTA Unveils “Cyclist’s Guide to Planning Ahead” as Orange Line Closure Looms – Boston 25 News
BOSTON — The MBTA has released its “diversion plan” ahead of the planned 30-day shutdown of the entire Orange Line set to begin next Friday.
The “Driver’s Guide to Planning Ahead” lays out some of what drivers can expect when the Orange Line stops, starting at 9:00 p.m. on August 19. The MBTA guide also discusses the separate scheduled closure of the Green Line between Union Square and Government Center stations beginning Monday, August 22.
The T has started publishing detailed detour information at each of its 20 Orange Line stations that details alternative travel options for riders who need to use the transit system during the shutdown.
COMMUTER RAIL OPTION
The MBTA encourages Orange Line riders to consider commuter rail service as an alternative to the Orange Line.
Commuter trains will make additional stops at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Back Bay, North Station, Malden Center and Oak Grove stations to accommodate Orange Line passengers affected by the bus hijacking. Passengers can show drivers their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket for free commuter rail travel in zones 1A, 1 and 2 on all commuter rail lines.
The timetables for the Hyde Park – Forest Hills – Ruggles – Back Bay – South Station and Oak Grove – Malden Center – North Station commuter trains are both available on mbta.com.
ORANGE LINE SHUTTLES
The T will offer free shuttles between Oak Grove and Haymarket/Government Center and between Forest Hills and Back Bay/Copley.
While all shuttles are fully ADA accessible, accessible vans will also be available for any passenger who prefers on-demand van service.
MBTA staff will be available at each station to help passengers request this accessible van service.
Due to the free shuttle service, RIDE rides that begin and end within ¾ of a mile of the Orange Line will be free for RIDE users during the 30-day shutdown.
Passengers can use other MBTA bus and subway services to complete their journeys, such as the Route 39 bus, Silver Lines 4 and 5, Green Line, etc. Riders are encouraged to consult the MBTA Trip Planner.
WORK AT HOME
“The MBTA encourages those who can work from home to do so and for the public who need to travel, to consider alternative travel options,” according to an MBTA statement.
Closing the Orange Line will have regional impacts on the transportation network far beyond transit users.
Riders are also encouraged to monitor MBTA social media for the latest updates on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, to subscribe to T-Alerts at mbta.com and view more information at mbta.com/BBT2022.
ROAD IMPACTS / TRAFFIC CONGESTION
Beginning Monday, August 15, MassDOT reports that travelers using all modes of transportation along the Orange Line corridor will experience increased traffic congestion due to pavement changes required to accommodate city bus shuttles. MBTA.
“Alterations will occur at many points along the shuttle routes and range from reconfiguration of taxi and turn lanes, curb works, installation of designated bus lanes at various locations and modifications to synchronization of traffic lights at multiple intersections,” according to T.
“After the complete closure of the Orange Line, regional traffic congestion is expected to increase significantly,” says the T.
Travelers on the other side are strongly encouraged to avoid driving through the area altogether, to work from home if possible, and to “consider rescheduling trips within the area that are not absolutely necessary, or for necessary trips, expect major traffic jams and travel delays.”
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