Boston’s shuttered Government Center transit station will reopen March 26 after undergoing renovations for nearly two years, a T official said in an interview posted online.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager Frank DePaola revealed the reopening date in an interview with the news program Comcast Newsmakers, which was posted online on Monday.
DePaola described Government Center as “a good example’’ of the kind of construction project the MBTA hopes to take on. He made the comments at about the 4:00 point in the video below:
Since closing for renovations in March 2014, the MBTA had said the project was scheduled for completion sometime in the spring of 2016. The project has remained on schedule throughout construction, but a specific opening date had not yet been announced.
The station provides the only direct connection between the T’s Green and Blue lines. Its closure has created a two-year-long commuting headache for people who rely on that link.
“The crews have worked extraordinarily hard to ensure that the T’s pledge to re-open the station in two years is fulfilled,’’ DePaola said in a statement Tuesday. “The MBTA is very excited about opening a completely rebuilt station that will be accessible to people of all abilities.’’
The project will be completed on budget, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.
Government Center’s $82 million renovation has focused on adding wheelchair accessibility, improving the station’s platforms and adding a new, glass aboveground entrance to the station.
“We feel that even though there was an inconvenience for having that station unavailable for that period of time, it allowed us to get the station done in a relatively short schedule where we would have been in there for several more years if we had to do it and keep access to our passengers,’’ DePaola told Comcast Newsmakers.
Construction crews had to replace glass panels for the new entrance in 2014 because of a sealant issue, but it did not come at the expense of the MBTA or delay the project. The construction project also made news when workers found old, bizarre, ghoulish costumes buried underground just before Halloween.