For the past two years, the T’s Bowdoin station in Beacon Hill has remained open at night and on weekends while the nearby Government Center stop underwent extensive renovations.
Those extended hours at Bowdoin, the final stop on the Blue Line, will become permanent when Government Center reopens in March, said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s general manager, Frank DePaola.
In December 2013, Bowdoin station’s weekday hours were extended until 12:30 a.m., the subway system’s normal end of service. The station also began opening on weekends. The schedule shift was intended to mitigate issues from two big transportation projects: the temporary closure of the Callahan Tunnel, which began that month, and the two-year shuttering of Government Center, starting in March 2014.
The station first started operating on limited hours in 1982, MBTA spokesman Jason Johnson said. The hours were implemented when the station reopened after a one-year closure due to service cutbacks, he said.
In 2011, The Boston Globe reported that Bowdoin Station would close once Government Center was completed. Johnson said that is no longer the plan.
In the 2013 fiscal year, the last full year both stations were operating, Bowdoin logged 1,526 daily weekday entrances from riders, making it the fourth least-used rapid transit station in the system.
Government Center, which links the Blue Line and the Green Line, was more popular. It logged an estimated 2,835 Blue Line entrances per day and more than 10,000 daily entrances between the two lines.
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