MBTA mentioned it’s contemplating a 30-day shutdown of Orange Line for upkeep

The MBTA is strongly considering shutting down the Orange Line for 30 days starting later this month, according to people familiar with the plan.

The closure, which runs through September, will allow T to perform extended overdue maintenance, according to the sources. It also means inconvenience to the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on Orange Line.

MBTA’s board of directors scheduled a last-minute meeting Wednesday morning to review the contract with A . Yankee Line, Inc., a The company usually provides shuttle bus service when MBTA stops operating its subway lines.

The MBTA is awaiting a final safety investigation report from the Federal Transit Administration, which began inspecting T’s subway system in mid-April following a series of safety incidents, including a death. towing a Red Line passenger.

In June, The FTA said it found that the MBTA needed to repair and upgrade large swaths of its subway tracks.

The FTA shows that about 10% of MBTA’s subway tracks are experiencing speed restrictions due to defects, including a years-long delay on the Orange Line between Tufts Medical Center and stations. Back Bay. Track maintenance crews use a period of two or two and a half hours to complete repairs overnight, which is not nearly enough time, the FTA said.

The MBTA has made progress in repairing a faulty section of Orange Line track that has caused years-long delays in the region.

The average weekday trips on the Orange Line as of October 2021 was 104,000, according to an MBTA presentation from earlier this year. For comparison, the average weekday trips on the Green Line is 41,000, the Green Line is 94,000 and the Red Line is 125,000.

In response to the FTA’s directive that T does not have enough dispatchers to operate the subway safely, the agency cut service on the Orange, Blue and Red lines by more than 20% in June.

Among the recent safety incidents aboard the T: Orange Line train caught fire, sending passengers fleeing after a metal plate fell from the carriage and made contact with an electrical third rail.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated.


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