Monday, April 9, 2012

MBTA April Service Changes

This month is going to be a very busy one in regards to MBTA service changes and diversions. Here is what you need to know for the month of April!

Marathon Monday

Green Line LRV's line the entire platform at the
Hynes stop last year on Marathon Monday
This year Marathon Monday falls on April 16, 2012 (one week from today). The city will be packed as people from across the world show up to watch the race. With more people in the city the demand for public transportation is increased. This means that the MBTA must make some changes. 

  • The Red, Blue, Orange, Green, and Mattapan HS Lines will all operate on their  regular weekday schedule and there will be extra service provided on all lines before and after the marathon. 
  • Copley Station will be CLOSED all day. Customers wanting to get to the Marathon will have to use Hynes Convention Center station or Arlington Station. Passengers will only be able to exit from the Boylston Street side of Hynes Convention Center Station. 
  • Word of Advice: If you don't have an MBTA Link-Pass make sure you add value to your Charlie Card before Marathon Monday. Lines will become very long at Charlie vending machines
Commuter Rail:
  • MBCR Commuter rail service will operate on its regular weekday schedule. 
  • Buses and trackless trolleys will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • Route 55 - Queensbury/Copley Station - Service will be terminated until completion of the Boston Marathon. 
  •  Buses will be rerouted at certain times during the day to prevent disruption of the race. These routes include: Southside Routes: 1, 8, 9, 10, 39, 47, 52, 57, 59, 60, 65, 66, 86, 504. Northside Routes:  86, 62, 76, 77, 80, 350, 94, 95, 96, 134, 101.
The MBTA expects that with the the dramatically increased ridership and extreme crowds on Marathon Monday passengers should expect on different parts of the system through out the day. (Especially Commuter Rail and the Green Line) Make sure you check or follow @MBTA_Alerts for down to the second service alerts! 

Weekend Red Line Diversion

During the weekend  of April 28-29th bus shuttles will replace Red Line trains between Boradway Station and Kendal/MIT Station. 
  • Shuttle buses will stop at Broadway, South Station, Park St., Charles/MGH, and Kendall/MIT. 
  • Buses will NOT stop at Downtown Crossing Station. For passengers looking for service to DTX you can transfer at Park St. and walk through the Winter St. Concourse to the Orange Line at Downtown.
The diversion is due to the continued work on the Park St. elevator project. The MBTA must run a power supply for the new elevator through the Red Line tunnels from South Station to Park St. 

Worcester and Fairmount Commuter Rail Schedule

The MBCR put new schedules into place for the Worcester and Fairmount Commuter Rail Lines. The revised Worcester commuter rail schedule is due to the reconstruction of Yawkey Station. The revised Fairmount commuter rail schedule is due to necessary commuter rail maintenance. 
  • The new Worcester Schedule is available HERE
  • The new Fairmount Schedule is available HERE

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