As you have likely heard, the Orange Line and sections of the Green Line will close for repairs this August. The Orange Line will be closed beginning Friday, August 19th at 9pm with service scheduled to resume on Monday, September 19th. Sections of the Green Line will be closed from Monday, August 22nd with service scheduled to resume on Monday, September 19th. We want to make you aware of the options the MBTA is putting in place to try and minimize the disruption.
Enhanced Commuter Rail Options for Orange Line Commuters:
- Since many riders drive to a station, or transfer between buses and the Orange Line, the MBTA is making it easier to access the Commuter Rail. All Zone 1A, 1, and 2 Commuter Rail fares can be paid simply by showing a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket to a conductor.
- During the 30-day shut down, most southbound Needham and Providence Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Back Bay, and South Station. Northbound, Haverhill Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Oak Grove, Malden Center, and North Station. Riders should review the latest Commuter Rail schedule changes which will result from the addition of these stops. The MBTA should make those changes available soon.
Shuttle Bus Service:
- For Orange Line Riders, free and accessible MBTA shuttle buses will operate in both directions, connecting Oak Grove and Forest Hills stations to downtown Boston.
- For Green Line Riders, free and accessible MBTA shuttle buses will operate in both directions, connecting Union Square and Government Center.
To stay up-to-date on the MBTA closure and for more information visit:
If you would like help customizing your commute plan, complete Harvard’s Commuter Assistance Form. Or if you would like to learn about other alternative commuting options visit www.commuterchoice.harvard.edu.