Almost two years to the day of closure, MBTA’s Government Center station is reopening Monday

A 2014 rendering of the refurbished Government Center station. MBTA

After a two-year wait for commuters who rely on Government Center T station, the new-look, glass-encased station is returning to service Monday afternoon.

Riders familiar with the old station will notice a spacious lobby, better lighting (some of which, thanks to the glass entrance structure and the placement of the stairways, will come from the sun), new flooring, and tiled mosaic signs dug up from the past bearing the station’s former name. The opening will restore the system’s only direct connection between the Green and Blue lines and, for the first time in Government Center station’s 118-year history, allow access to riders in wheelchairs.

Government Center will reopen following a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11:45 a.m. On Twitter, the T estimated that means the station will open for riders around 12:30 p.m.

Until you can check it out, here’s some reading on the new station:

5 things to know about the new station

The new Government Center, by the numbers

MBTA takes another step toward accessibility

T completed project on-time

A Reddit user was ‘slightly drunk,’ snuck into the new T station, and took photos

At revamped Government Center station, echoes of a burlesque past

Bowdoin T station will remain open nights, weekends after Gov. Center return

Will the Red and Blue lines ever connect?

T announces station opening date…

…Then changes its mind

T workers make spooky find at Government Center

MBTA announces two-year closure of Government Center

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