BOSTON — Shuttle buses have now replaced the Blue Line overnight this week and next.
Most commuters only just learned about the change Monday as they were guided by new signs and MBTA workers to a bus instead of their train at the Government Center.
“I’m like moving from East Boston because of the Blue Line,” said Nicole Morin, who rides the Blue Line daily. “It’s so frustrating like these are supposed to be a way of transportation, it’s just like, it sucks.”
Some commuters like Morin say the recent slow zones along the Blue Line have been tough especially as she tries to get to Suffolk University from Eastie every day.
“It literally is so hard to commute sometimes because the train goes so slow, so I’m like 20 minutes late to my class, and it’s so frustrating because I get there and I have to sign the attendance sheet and my professor’s like – and I’m like the blue line, the blue line!” said Morin.
That’s why the MBTA says they need to get this work done and eliminate those slow zones to get the trains moving faster.
Crews will be replacing 2,000 feet of rail during these weeknight shutdowns.
All Blue Line stops from Wonderland Station in Revere to Government Center will be replaced with shuttle buses starting at 8PM from April 24-27 as well as next week from May 1-4.
Some T riders tell us the shuttles aren’t so bad if this work will improve the train overall.
“People there are pretty helpful, they show you where your bus to Wonderland or your destination,” said Elle Lively, a Blue Line commuter.
MBTA officials say other lines like the Red Line will undergo work like this too, but their priority is the Blue Line right now since the Sumner Tunnel will be closed for two months this summer.
Riders are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts or to follow the MBTA on Twitter @MBTA for up-to-date service information. Riders are also encouraged to visit mbta.com for a complete list.
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