Orange line stop: MBTA unveils its shuttle plan

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JAMAICA PLAIN, MA — The MBTA on Friday revealed shuttle routes that will carry Orange Line riders during a month-long subway line shutdown for emergency repairs.

The MBTA Friday afternoon published The Rider’s Guide to Planning Ahead as a tool to provide passengers with alternative travel options and information during the stop. The guide shows shuttles replacing all Orange Line trains except in downtown Boston where Red Line, Silver Line and Green Line trains are available.

The guide also includes tips on how to use the commuter rail, MBTA buses and rental bikes as alternative ways to travel along the Orange Line corridor.

Governor Charlie Baker announced the impending closure on August 3, saying the Orange Line was “overdue critical maintenance.” During the shutdown, the MBTA will replace train tracks, eliminating speed restrictions near Back Bay, Tufts, Haymarket and Jackson Square stations.

Without the month-long shutdown, the work would take up to five years, said MBTA chief executive Steve Poftak.

The Orange Line closure will also coincide with a Green Line closure covering the new Union Square station in Somerville to the Government Center. This will last from August 22 to September 19, with shuttles replacing trains.

The cyclist’s guide will include detour information at each of the 20 Orange Line stations that outlines alternative travel options for passengers who must traverse the transit system during the shutdown.

Orange Line Alternatives

A free alternative to shuttles is the bicycle. On Thursday, a group of around 50 cyclists tested the Orange Line alternatives between Roslindale and City Hall.

A card of boston bike paths shows a shared-use path running along the southwest corridor of the Arborway to near Copley Square. There are also bike paths that travel south through Charlestown along Main Street.

During the stop, there will also be a transit hack for commuters. Commuter train journeys in areas 1A, 1 and 2 will only require riders to show possession of a CharlieTicket or CharlieCard, but the cards will not be charged, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said in a recent tweet.

“CharlieCards won’t be charged and don’t even need to be loaded with funds. Just show it,” Wu said.

Zones 1A, 1 and 2 include trips that follow the Orange Line route. Passengers could board a train as far north as Reading Station and travel to North Station for free. You can also travel from Dedham Corporate Center to South Station for free, via stops such as Forest Hills and Back Bay.

During the Orange Line closure, the T will offer free shuttles between Oak Grove and Haymarket/Government Center and between Forest Hills and Back Bay/Copley.

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