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Building A Better T: Fifth of 6 Weekend Orange Line Diversions Starts Tonight

Posted on November 1, 2019

Work is being done as part of the 2019 Capital Acceleration Plan.

Today the MBTA reminded customers that weekend Orange Line service between Sullivan Square and Tufts Medical Center Stations will again be suspended this weekend beginning at 8:45 PM tonight through to the start of service on Monday, November 4.

Diagram of the Orange and Green lines. No train service between Sullivan Square and Tufts Medical Center. Shuttles run between Sullivan Square and Haymarket, where you can switch to the Green Line. Three Orange Line stations are not served at all (by either train or shuttle): State, Downtown Crossing, and Chinatown.

During these weekend shutdowns, bus shuttles are provided between Sullivan Square and Haymarket Stations with no shuttle service to Orange Line stations at State, Downtown Crossing, and Chinatown. Extra weekend Commuter Rail service (Saturdays only) is also operating between Forest Hills and South Station. Customers can find more information on alternate travel options at

This suspension of Orange Line service is the fifth of 6 consecutive weekends and is part of the MBTA's 2019 Capital Acceleration Plan, which allows the MBTA to expedite upgrades to core infrastructure and to perform maintenance activities. Last weekend’s shutdown and the 2 more to come allow the MBTA to complete work on the Orange Line level of these stations almost a year earlier than previously planned. MBTA crews and contractors continue to replace pit track in closed Orange Line stations; perform a variety of station repairs to platforms, elevators, stairways, and fare equipment; perform track and power maintenance in tunnels; and perform tunnel debris clean-up work, reducing the risk of smoke and fire hazards.

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