MBTA GM to provide update on Orange Line closure – NBC Boston

MBTA Managing Director Steve Poftak will provide an update on the Orange Line project underway on Wednesday afternoon.

Poftak is due to speak about what he called the “Orange Line Super Push” at 3 p.m. on the commuter rail platform at Ruggles Station.

While some people reported longer than normal commutes to work, the first three weekday commutes during the shutdown went pretty well.

The 11-mile subway line that connects the city of Malden in northern Boston to the city’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood was closed for 30 days Friday night so the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority could carry out track and signal repairs that would take normally one year.

To complicate matters, a section of the MBTA Green Line was also closed for a month on Monday for construction work to be completed.

With the orange line closed for 30 days, people are finding different ways to get around.

The T offers shuttles between the stations and the city has reserved lanes reserved for buses in certain streets. Commuter rail lines are also operating with increased frequency.

The T has also deployed hundreds of workers to help commuters navigate the new system. The traffic nightmares that had been anticipated with more vehicles on the roads and reconfigured streets have not materialized, but the full impact will not be known until after Labor Day.

The MBTA has had a series of issues over the past year that prompted the Federal Transit Administration to launch a review of the system, and the shutdown for repairs follows that review.

The Orange Line normally handles around 100,000 rides per weekday, according to the MBTA. In addition to getting commuters to work every day, visitors also use the Orange Line to access many top tourist destinations.

Lance B. Holton