MBTA to Shut Down Orange Line for 30 Days

A new MBTA Orange Line train waits at a station

A new MBTA Orange Line train. Photo: Edward Orde via Creative Commons

August 3, 2022 (BOSTON, MA) – The MBTA has announced plans to shut down the entire Orange Line for 30 days to complete necessary repairs. The Federal Transit Administration identified several longstanding safety issues on the subway line in a recent review. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.

“Completely shutting down the Orange Line for 30 days is unacceptable,” said Staci Rubin, Vice President of Environmental Justice at CLF. “It’s awful that the T has failed to maintain tracks and infrastructure for so long that it now warrants a month-long shutdown. Replacement buses will more than double travel times, disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of riders. At the very least, the T must implement bus lanes for the entire length of the route and run more frequent commuter rail service.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.