MBTA resumes Orange Line service after garage collapse in Boston


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority resumes Orange Line subway service between North Station and Back Bay Station, effective immediately, after inspections following a partial collapse in a Boston parking lot – following a construction accident deadly. The MBTA said shortly before Tuesday afternoon 5 that its team of structural engineers determined it was safe to resume service in this section of the Orange Line after an inspection of the infrastructure and subsequent testing of the trains in tunnels. Orange Line trains, however, will continue to bypass Haymarket Station in both directions until further notice. The MBTA said Green Line service remains suspended between North Station and Government Centre. The suspension of Orange and Green line service in the area was the result of a partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot at 1 Congress St. The collapse, which officials say was the result of an accident construction, claimed the life of 51-year-old former Peter Monsini, of South Easton.Boston police also warned of continued impacts to nearby roads, but said the surface road between streets New Chardon and Sudbury had reopened on Monday. Demolition of the Government Center parking lot has been ongoing for several years. Demonstration work began in December 2016 as part of a project to build a six-building mixed-use development. ents called Bulfinch Crossing. The Bulfinch Crossing project includes a 1 million square foot office tower, a hotel and it will be Boston’s tallest apartment tower at 45 stories. Why Green Line service is still suspended MBTA said that structural engineers were continuing a thorough review and assessment of the tunnels used by Green Line trains, as most of the debris resulting from the partial collapse of the garage fell to the surface directly above the Green Line, it’ This is why service between Gare du Nord and the Government Center will remain suspended while work continues. MBTA staff are on site and working in conjunction with accident investigators and the developer’s debris removal team . The current shuttle service which replaces the Green Line service between North Station and the Government Center will continue until service ends on Tuesday. From Wednesday morning, shuttles will be discontinued because, according to the MBTA, the Orange Line alternative is much faster and because of the difficulty of navigating buses through crowded streets and heavy traffic. The MBTA is encouraging Green Line customers to use the Orange Parallel Line Service from Wednesday until further notice. These customers can make underground transfers to the Orange Line at both North Station and Park Street Station. Additionally, MBTA bus routes 111, 426 and 450 will return to Haymarket station with the resumption of Orange Line subway service. Routes 92 and 93 have also already returned to Haymarket. Accessibility vans will be available on request at Haymarket and North Station, and those interested should speak to MBTA staff for more information.Orange Line customers who intended to use commuter rail services at the start of service Wednesday should note that CharlieCards will no longer be accepted on board and fare payment will be required for commuter rail access. The MBTA said additional staff and Transit Ambassadors will continue to be available to assist customers this week. hijackings related to the partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is resuming Orange Line subway service between North Station and Back Bay Station, effective immediately, after inspections following a partial collapse of a Boston parking lot – following a crash of deadly construction.

The MBTA said shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday that its team of structural engineers had determined it was safe to resume service on this section of the Orange Line after an infrastructure inspection and subsequent testing of trains in the tunnels.

Orange line trains, however, will continue to bypass Haymarket station in both directions until further notice.

The MBTA said Green Line service remains suspended between Gare du Nord and the Government Center.

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The suspension of Orange and Green line service in the area was the result of a partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot at 1 Congress St.

The collapse, which officials say was the result of a construction accident, claimed the life of Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton.

Boston police also warned of continued impacts to nearby roads, but said Surface Road between New Chardon and Sudbury streets reopened on Monday.

The demolition of the Government Center parking lot has been going on for several years.

Demonstration work began in December 2016 as part of a project to build a six-building mixed-use development called Bulfinch Crossing.

The Bulfinch Crossing project includes a 1 million square foot office tower, a hotel and what will be Boston’s tallest apartment tower at 45 stories.

Why the Green Line service is still suspended

The MBTA said structural engineers were continuing a thorough review and assessment of the tunnels used by Green Line trains, as most of the debris resulting from the partial collapse of the garage fell to the surface directly above the green line, which is why the service between Gare du Nord and the government center will remain suspended while work continues.

MBTA personnel are on site working in conjunction with accident investigators and the developer’s debris removal team.

The current shuttle service which replaces the Green Line service between Gare du Nord and the Government Center will continue until the service ends on Tuesday. From Wednesday morning, shuttles will be discontinued because, according to the MBTA, the Orange Line alternative is much faster and because of the difficulty of navigating buses through crowded streets and heavy traffic.

The MBTA is encouraging Green Line customers to use parallel Orange Line service starting Wednesday and until further notice. These customers can make underground transfers to the Orange Line at both North Station and Park Street Station.

Additionally, MBTA bus routes 111, 426 and 450 will return to Haymarket station with the resumption of Orange Line subway service. Routes 92 and 93 have also already returned to Haymarket. Accessibility vans will be available on request at Haymarket and North Station, and those interested should speak to MBTA staff for more information.

Orange Line customers who intended to use commuter rail services at the start of service on Wednesday should note that CharlieCards will no longer be accepted on board and payment of the fare will be required for commuter rail access .

The MBTA said additional staff and Transit Ambassadors will continue to be available to assist customers this week.

Click here for the latest service information regarding any MBTA diversions related to the partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot.

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