Orange Line, Green Line Shuttle Routes, Street Closures – NBC Boston
Boston’s streets are radically transformed for 30 days as the MBTA Orange Line and part of the Green Line are closed in mid-September, with shuttles set up to help replace trains.
The closures will condense years of much-needed repair work, officials said, but from Friday through Sept. 18 it will cause headaches for commuters — not just people who regularly ride the T. Street setups. the city is running as well as it can.
Here’s a preview of what to expect, all in one place.
Orange line shuttle routes
The Orange Line is the first MBTA stop to come, starting Friday evening at 9 p.m. Shuttle buses will run for most, but not all, of the route. Passengers wishing to travel between Government Center and Copley Square will need to take the Green Line, walk, cycle, take a bus or carpool.
Check out an interactive version of the map here:
Green Line Shuttle Route
The Orange Line may be closed first, but it won’t be the only train closure to impact commuters on Monday. The Green Line will be closed north of the Government Center from Monday to September 18.
Boston Street Closures
To facilitate the passage of shuttles, some streets will be completely closed. Passenger hubs are being installed in Copley Square and the Government Center to facilitate access to bus routes.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Street Leader Jascha Franklin-Hodge detailed what the city is doing to prepare for the 30-day shutdown of the MBTA Orange Line
The City of Boston released this list of street layout changes:
•government center: State Street between Congress and Washington streets
•Place Copley: Dartmouth Street between St. James and Boylston streets
•Jamaica plain: Washington Street (north) between Arborway and Williams Street
Parking restrictions, lane changes: Along shuttle routes, expect parking restrictions to make it easier to park and turn shuttles – they are larger than typical MBTA buses, with a wider turning radius – which may limit where drivers can park on the street. “Signal timing adjustments will be made before and during the shutdown to support shuttle movements,” the city said on its website, but did not release a detailed list.
New lanes reserved for buses: Boston is adding new bus lanes along the route that can use streets The state is adding new bus lanes on the Gillmore Bridge between Cambridge and Charlestown, Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square.
Expected impacts on traffic
State officials said they expect heavy traffic on Boston-area streets, with more vehicles on the road and road alignment changes to accommodate commuters. Here’s how big it’s projected to be:
Massachusetts Department of Transportation engineers modeled the severity of congestion in Boston during the morning commute, while Orange and Green line service is suspended in August and September. Use the slider to see the before and after.