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Government Center T Station To Begin 2-Year Closure March 22

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Government Center T station. (Photo from Bernice Corpuz)

Government Center T station. (Photo from Bernice Corpuz)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Government Center Station will close for two years beginning on March 22.

The MBTA says the closure will allow for station upgrades to make it fully accessible, safer, modern and more comfortable.

The station will reopen in the spring of 2016.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott was handing out flyers at the station on Tuesday to remind commuters of the closure.

MBTA GM Beverly Scott at Government Center Station. (Photo from Bernice Corpuz)

MBTA GM Beverly Scott at Government Center Station. (Photo from Bernice Corpuz)

Commute Impact

During the station closure, both Blue and Green Line trains will pass through Government Center Station but will not stop there.

If your trip usually included Government Center Station, an additional ten to fifteen minutes will be tacked onto travel times.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The recommended path of travel for Green Line customers desiring access to the Blue Line is to travel to Haymarket Station and transfer to the Orange Line toward Forest Hills (southbound). Customers should transfer to the Orange Line at State Street Station for Blue Line connections. The recommended path of travel for Blue Line customers desiring access to the Green Line is to travel to State Street and transfer to the Orange Line toward Oak Grove (northbound). Customers should then transfer at Haymarket Station for Green Line connections.

For customers who desire to travel outside the system or use Hubway during the months when Hubway is in operation, the distance between State Street and Downtown Crossing as well as State Street and Park Street is minimal. It should be noted, however, that customers who exit and re-enter the system will be charged again if they do not have an unlimited weekly or monthly pass.

During Government Center’s closure, Green Line trains can pass through Government Center station but not stop there. The last downtown stop will generally be the following for each branch:

• B Line (Boston College) will end at Park Street

• C Line (Cleveland Circle) will end at North Station

• D Line (Riverside) will end at Park Street during rush hours, and North Station at other times

• E Line will end at Lechmere

Additionally, Bowdoin Station will extend its operating hours and will be open during all hours of service for the duration of Government Center’s closure.

A shuttle bus will also operate, leaving Haymarket Station busway every twenty minutes from 5:20 a.m. to 12:20 a.m. seven days a week (Sundays, the shuttle begins at 6:00 a.m.). The bus will make stops outside State Street Station, Government Center Station, Bowdoin Station, and then return to Haymarket. No fares will be collected on the shuttle bus. This bus is not intended for those making tranfers between rapid transfer lines.

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