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Building a Better T 2022

A crewperson uses a handheld rail cutting machine to cut steel rail, with an excavator in the background, and lengths of rail on the right.

Updated August 05, 2022

We are accelerating several projects—including safety, hiring, and infrastructure improvements—that will make the T better and more reliable for riders.

As part of the Building a Better T program, we will address priority FTA directives and complete multiple improvement projects a year faster than originally planned.

Read the August 3 press release about Orange Line work

Read the August 5 press release about the Green Line Extension

Orange Line Track and Signal Upgrades

New Orange Line train at Assembly Station

During the 30-day Orange Line shutdown (9 PM, August 19 – September 18) we’re accelerating track and signal improvements. This will result in improved safety, faster travel times, and fewer unplanned stops.

View Orange Line service alternatives and project details

GLX Medford Branch

A Green Line train approaches Lechmere at dusk (March 2022)

Shuttles will replace service between Government Center and Union Square August 22 – September 18. During this diversion, crews will complete work that is critical for opening the Medford Branch in November 2022.

View GLX service alternatives and project details

Service Changes

On the Green Line platform at Park Street, a rider holds a smartphone, looking at a T-Alerts text message.

See the most up-to-date service impacts on our Alerts page.

Prioritizing Federal Transit Administration Directives

This 30-day shutdown will accomplish multiple Safety Management Inspection (SMI) items:

  • Track repairs eliminate Orange Line slow zones and prevent unplanned disruptions
  • Implementation of Maintenance of Way work plan (replacing track, ties, ballast)

Read the August 3 press release to learn more about ongoing safety initiatives

Expediting Recruitment

We're prioritizing hiring in a number of key areas, including for heavy rail dispatchers in the Operations Control Center (OCC).

These initiatives focus on recruiting current operations staff as well as new applicants. The MBTA has:

  • Authorized a $10,000 sign-on bonus
  • Expanded of the MBTA’s pool of eligible internal candidates
  • Initiated a hiring blitz that began at the end of last month

View MBTA job openings and apply today

Allowing Full Access to Government Center Garage

The MBTA is in continuous communication with the HYM Investment Group. The demolition of Government Center Garage would typically require a closure. This 30-day closure will provide an opportunity for HYM Investment Group to complete demolition without further service impacts.

Learn more about Transit-Oriented Development at Haymarket

Orange Line Track and Signal Upgrades

New Orange Line train at Assembly Station

During the 30-day Orange Line shutdown (9 PM, August 19 – September 18) we’re accelerating track and signal improvements. This will result in improved safety, faster travel times, and fewer unplanned stops.

View Orange Line service alternatives and project details

GLX Medford Branch

A Green Line train approaches Lechmere at dusk (March 2022)

Shuttles will replace service between Government Center and Union Square August 22 – September 18. During this diversion, crews will complete work that is critical for opening the Medford Branch in November 2022.

View GLX service alternatives and project details

Service Changes

On the Green Line platform at Park Street, a rider holds a smartphone, looking at a T-Alerts text message.

See the most up-to-date service impacts on our Alerts page.