Riders should prepare for service changes and closures on the Orange, Green, Red and Haverhill Commuter Rail lines next month, the MBTA said.
Orange and Green Line service will be impacted in downtown Boston due to continued demolition of the Government Center Garage by private developer HYM, a project that caused diversions on weekends this month as well.
Track upgrades will impact service on the Red Line near Harvard, which will allow for the removal of a speed restriction, and on part of the Orange Line, from Back Bay to Ruggles station.
And Haverhill Line commuters will experience disruptions between Haverhill and Reading while the MBTA performs federally-mandated automated train control work, from Feb. 4-12.
“Riders are also advised that due to the complexity of the continued demolition of the Government Center Garage by HYM Construction, additional weekend diversions will be necessary in the coming months to accommodate the ongoing work,” MBTA spokesperson Lisa Battiston said. “The MBTA apologizes for this inconvenience.”
The Orange Line will be shut down between Ruggles and North Station during the weekends of Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 18-19.
The extended closure outside the garage area will enable the MBTA to “perform additional track work, including the replacement of rail fasteners between Back Bay and Ruggles stations,” Battiston said.
The Orange Line will also be closed between Back Bay and North Station on Saturday, Feb. 11, from start of service until 8 p.m.
“Orange Line riders are asked to use Green Line service between Copley and Government Center stations during these weekend service changes,” Battiston said, adding that free shuttle buses will also be available between Copley on the Green Line and Ruggles on the Orange Line, from Feb. 4-5 to Feb. 18-19.
Shuttle buses will replace Green Line trolley service between North Station and Government Center station during the weekends of Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 18-19, and on Saturday, Feb. 11, from start of service to 8 p.m.
Orange and Green Line trains will bypass Haymarket station during the weekend of Feb. 25-26. The MBTA said Orange Line riders should exit at North Station or State and walk to the Haymarket area. Green Line riders should exit at North Station or Government Center station.
Shuttle buses will also replace Red Line service between Alewife and Kendall/MIT stations during the weekend of Feb. 24-25.
“This weekend service diversion will allow MBTA crews to perform critical power, lighting and track drainage work within the tunnels near Alewife, as well as rail replacement work that will remove a speed restriction near Harvard station on the southbound side of the tracks,” Battiston said.