Sep 19, 2022 - News

Orange Line reopens

Illustration of an MBTA sign changing into an emergency symbol.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Orange Line and Green Line Extension are back open for business after closing for emergency safety repairs last month.

Why it matters: MBTA general manager Steve Poftak told the media at a press conference yesterday afternoon that riders will get a "faster, safer, more reliable Orange Line," according to CBS Boston.

  • There will be one additional delay: A few "slow zones" will remain in place until the new track and ballast settles into place.

What they're saying: "My hope that when [riders] come back they appreciate that the product is better, the ride is going to be faster, you're going to get more vehicles," Poftak said, according to Commonwealth.

  • "It's going to be a smoother, more reliable ride. To the extent that folks had lost confidence in the T, I'm hopeful that this is a step in regaining that confidence."

Flashback: The lines shut down Aug. 19 to complete in 30 days what the MBTA said would have taken five years to fix with overnight and weekend work.

Details: Service between Government Center and Union Square has also resumed.

  • The northern branch of the Green Line was suspended to facilitate work on the new extension to Medford that will open in November.
  • Workers also used the shutdown to work on safety issues around the Government Center parking garage which is being demolished.
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