A month-long upkeep shutdown of the Orange Line is scheduled for Wednesday

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is expected to announce a 30-day shutdown of the Orange Line on Wednesday for long-overdue maintenance, sources tell 5 Investigates. The planned closure of the entire line comes as the transit agency grapples with federal mandates to improve safety. system-wide, including the system-wide problem of deferred maintenance. Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. was scheduled to hold a news conference with MBTA CEO Steve Poftak and MassDOT Secretary Jamey Tesler to discuss “accelerated upgrades to the MBTA’s infrastructure to improve rider service, safety and reliability.” Last week, the MBTA suspended plans to partially shut down a section of the Orange Line for a month to give officials more time to study whether additional work could be done during the extended shutdown. Service between Oak Grove and Wellington stations on the Orange Line was originally scheduled to be suspended for track and signal maintenance until the MBTA announced a project delay.” The MBTA continues to prioritize safety improvements and address additional track work and maintenance related to the Federal Transit Administration’s directives,” the MBTA said in a statement last week. . “This includes projects with track conditions that require repair and those currently subject to high speed limits. speed has been limited since 2019. The MBTA used previous short-term shutdowns to install hundreds of feet of new track on the southbound Orange Line tracks between the Back Bay and Massachusetts Avenue stations. The construction allowed the MBTA to eliminate the speed limit, which was about 1,500 feet long, increasing train speeds from 10 mph to 25 mph. “Once all track work is completed in this area, speeds will be increased to 40 mph,” the MBTA said. According to statistical data, in 2022 in May, the Orange Line averaged 102,358 weekday passengers. MBTA. Only the Red Line carries more passengers, with an average of 129,050 customers on weekdays, according to MBTA statistics. The Green Line carries an average weekday ridership of 82,585, while the Blue Line carries 27,732. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who suggested last week that an extended shutdown of the MBTA could be key to getting the system back on track, said it’s time to get real. “We can’t keep putting band-aids on situations and trying to chew on the edges,” Wu said. “We have to make real corrections.” Wu is an Orange Line rider herself. “This is a very personal issue for me, and I want to make sure that we not only focus on what needs to be done, but that we do it quickly, thoroughly and comprehensively, which our residents deserve,” Wu said. operationally, you need to have alternatives that include shuttles or other options,” Wu said. “That’s where the city could be a real partner, and we’re going to work very closely with the MBTA and provide whatever support we can if that happens.” Last week, an Orange Line train passenger jumped off a bridge into the Mystic River, along with dozens of other passengers who were evacuated from an MBTA train last week. windows after it burst into flames on the bridge just south of Wellington Station. There were about 200 people on the train at the time of the incident. Many people evacuated through the train’s four windows, which were removed.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is expected to announce a 30-day shutdown of the Orange Line on Wednesday to address long-overdue maintenance, sources tell 5 Investigates.

The planned shutdown of the entire line comes as the transit agency grapples with federal mandates to improve system safety, including a system-wide issue of deferred maintenance.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. was scheduled to hold a news conference with MBTA CEO Steve Poftak and MassDOT Secretary Jamey Tesler to discuss “accelerated upgrades to the MBTA’s infrastructure to improve rider service, safety and reliability.”

Last week, the MBTA suspended plans to shut down a section of the Orange Line for a partial month to give officials more time to investigate whether additional work could be done during the extended shutdown.

Service between Oak Grove and Wellington stations on the Orange Line was originally scheduled to be suspended for track and signal maintenance before the MBTA announced the project’s delay.

“The MBTA continues to prioritize safety improvements and address additional track work and maintenance related to Federal Transit Administration directives,” the MBTA said in a statement last week. “This includes projects dealing with track conditions that require the most repairs and those currently subject to high speed restrictions.

One of four safety directives issued by the Federal Transit Administration earlier this year highlighted the section of the Orange Line south of Tufts Medical Center, which will be closed starting in 2019. speed limits were in place.

The MBTA used previous short-term shutdowns to install hundreds of feet of new track on the southbound Orange Line tracks between the Back Bay and Massachusetts Avenue stations. The construction allowed the MBTA to eliminate the speed limit, which was about 1,500 feet long, increasing train speeds from 10 mph to 25 mph.

“Once all track work is completed in this area, speeds will be increased to 40 mph,” the MBTA said.

According to statistics provided by the MBTA, in 2022 in May, the Orange Line averaged 102,358 weekday passengers.

Only the Red Line carries more passengers, with an average of 129,050 customers on weekdays, according to MBTA statistics. On weekdays, the Green Line carries an average of 82,585 passengers, while the Blue Line carries an average of 27,732.

MBTA ridership statistics from 2016

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who said last week that a longer shutdown of the MBTA could be a key factor in getting the system back on track, said it’s time to really address the issues.

“We can’t keep putting band-aids on situations and trying to chew on the edges,” Wu said. “We need to make real corrections.”

Wu is an Orange Line rider herself.

“This is a very personal issue for me, and I want to make sure that we not only focus on what needs to be done, but that we do it quickly, thoroughly and comprehensively, which our residents deserve,” Wu said.

“Any service disruption needs to have alternatives that involve shuttles or other options,” Wu said. “That’s where the city could be a real partner, and we’re going to work very closely with the MBTA and provide whatever support we can if that happens.”

Last weekAn Orange Line train passenger jumped off a bridge into the Mystic River and dozens of other passengers escaped from the windows of an MBTA train after it caught fire on a bridge just south of Wellington Station.

There were about 200 people on the train at the time of the incident. Many people evacuated through the train’s four windows, which were removed.

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