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Big Orange Line test will come when Boston schools return, Michelle Wu says

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The first make-it-or-break-it Orange Line closure weekday morning commute went by without too much drama, with shuttle buses in heavy rotation and the mayor characterizing the morning’s operations as going “pretty smoothly.”

Mayor Michelle Wu, who frequently takes the MBTA Orange Line in to work, said she’d taken a normal T bus from her area of Roslindale to Forrest Hills, and then boarded the Orange Line shuttles, riding the full southern route to Copley. There, she hopped on the Green Line, which plopped her out at Government Center.

“It went pretty smoothly,” Wu asserted. “People were pleasantly surprised about the availability of the buses.”

Monday was the first weekday morning in which the Orange Line and northern reaches of the Green Line were closed, as they both will be for a month. The whole Orange Line shut down Friday night, and the weekend also went largely unremarkably.

It’s not quite clear how long Wu’s trip took. She originally guessed around 50 minutes, though her team suggested it was lower and a TV reporter jumped in to say it had been more like 35.

It was hard to tell, Wu said; after all, she was getting the perp-coming-out-of-federal-court treatment along her morning commute, as people scampered alongside her as she shuffled around the various modes of transportation and then ascended from the Government Center station to give a press conference next to City Hall.

But she’s not declaring the whole thing a win yet.

“The real test of how this period is going will come when schools are all back in session and Boston Public Schools start later in later next month,” Wu said. She said discussions are still ongoing as to how to make that influx of students, many of whom take the T to school, go smoothly when it comes in two weeks.

BOSTON, , MA - August 22: Mayor Michelle Wu leaves the Government Center train station with City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune after riding the trains on August 22, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, , MA – August 22: Mayor Michelle Wu leaves the Government Center train station with City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune after riding the trains on August 22, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, , MA - August 22: Mayor Michelle Wu gets off the Green Line with City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune at Government Center on August 22, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, , MA – August 22: Mayor Michelle Wu gets off the Green Line with City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune at Government Center on August 22, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, , MA - August 22: Mayor Michelle Wu speaks to the media after riding the MBTA on August 22, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, , MA – August 22: Mayor Michelle Wu speaks to the media after riding the MBTA on August 22, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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