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MBTA announces two-year closure of Government Center T station to start March 22

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 12, 2014 10:47 AM

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The T plans to hang a sign like the one depicted above, along with other signs, to notify riders of the scheduled closure date.

The MBTA today announced the start date for its planned two-year closure of Government Center Station -- Saturday, March 22.

The 24-month closure is part of a $90 million project to renovate and rebuild the busy station at City Hall Plaza.

MBTA personnel began posting signs today at Government Center and other stations, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

The T has also created a webpage with additional details, including recommendations for how passengers should navigate the system during the closure.

A transfer point for the Green and Blue lines, the station is the 13th busiest in the MBTA system and the third oldest, according to the T. On average, 11,315 people enter Government Center Station on weekdays.

Work on the Government Center Station project began in the fall while the station remained opened.

The agency had originally planned to shutdown the station this past September, but decided to delay the closure until after the Callahan Tunnel, which is undergoing construction of its own, reopens.

During the closure, trains will still run through, but will not stop at the station.

The T has said it will take steps to try to reduce impacts from the closure, including running: special bus route that will stop at Government Center, Haymarket, and State stations. And, Bowdoin Station, normally closed on weekends and after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, will be kept open seven days a week and until the same time other stations close.

The overhaul, the first significant modernization to the Government Center Station in 50 years, will bring it into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and make myriad other improvements. The most dramatic change will be a tall, glass-lined station entrance, or headhouse, emerging from City Hall Plaza.

Other work will include: renovating Green Line and Blue Line platforms; overhauling the electrical system; installing new elevators, escalators, LED signs, improved lighting, and an expanded fare collection area, and reconstructing some of the surrounding parts of Cambridge Street and City Hall Plaza, officials said.

The station is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2016. After it reopens, some work will continue before the project's scheduled completion at the end of 2016. The T has said it expects federal funding to cover about 80 percent of the project cost.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com.
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