The City of Boston is making temporary changes to roadways on the MBTA’s shuttle diversion routes. The MBTA announced two major shuttle bus routes between:
- Oak Grove and State Street/Government Center, and
- Forest Hills and Back Bay/Copley
This shuttle service will be at no cost to riders, ADA compliant, and help connect riders to Green Line service to fill-in service gaps.
SHUTTLES and STREET CHANGES
The shuttle service will bring as many as 200 shuttle buses onto City streets. To allow these shuttles to move safely and efficiently, the City is implementing multiple changes, including bus lanes, transit-only areas, and parking restrictions. Since Sunday, City crews have been changing street markings and signage to create transit hubs at Copley Square and Government Center. This includes dedicated bus lanes, parking restrictions, and curb space to allow shuttle buses to load passengers and queue. Additional street changes will be made in the coming weeks at North Station.
In partnership with MassDOT, dedicated bus lanes are being added on the Gillmore Bridge between Cambridge and Charlestown, Rutherford Avenue, and in Sullivan Square. These will reduce travel time and improve reliability on the northern shuttle bus route.
Other street changes, including parking restrictions, are being implemented at points along the shuttle route to create space for loading and to ensure buses can safely make turns. Signal timing adjustments will be made in advance of and during the shutdown to support shuttle movements.
On the first day of the shutdown, Neighborhood Services liaisons will be present at impacted stops along the Orange Line to help travelers navigate alternative routes. We’re using a cross-departmental approach to put together and distribute neighborhood-specific user guides on alternative routes. We’re also prioritizing translating materials into the City of Boston’s most used languages.
Several streets will be closed to general traffic to allow shuttle operations, including:
- State Street between Congress Street and Washington Street
- Dartmouth Street between St. James Street and Boylston Street
- Washington Street (northbound-only) between Arborway and Williams Street
For a full list of road closures and traffic restrictions please see the following document. Please email email@example.com with any specific questions regarding street closures
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