Major Boston subway stop to close for 2 years
Mar. 19, 2014
BOSTON (AP) — A two-year shutdown of one of the city's busiest subway stations will force some changes in routine for many commuters.
The Government Center station on City Hall Plaza is set to close on Saturday for a major renovation project and is not scheduled to reopen until the spring of 2016, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The reconstruction will include a new primary entrance for the station, new platforms and elevators, and an expanded fare collection area.
The changes will bring the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, MBTA officials said.
During the shutdown, trains will continue to pass through the station but will not stop.
Passengers who normally transfer between the Green Line and Blue Line at Government Center will have several other options. The T is recommending that Green Line passengers continue to Haymarket Station and transfer there to the Orange Line southbound, then transfer again to the Blue Line at the State station.
Blue Line riders can likewise transfer to the Orange Line northbound at State, then to the Green Line at Haymarket.
Passengers could also choose to walk or take a shuttle bus between stations, but they would have to pay another fare upon entering the station unless they hold an unlimited weekly or monthly pass.
The MBTA expects the closure to add about 10-15 minutes to the average commute for passengers who normally use the Government Center stop.