There’s a silver lining to the upcoming weekend MBTA station closures (and it’s not the Silver Line).
Bluebikes announced this week that it will offer discounted rides during the downtown Boston station closures, which will begin Friday night on the Orange Line and recur every weekend between Sullivan Square and Tufts Medical Center through Nov. 10. The closures will then hit the Red Line, shutting down stations from Kendall/MIT and Broadway nearly every weekend from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15.
On those weekends, Bluebikes will offer single trips of up to 30 minutes for $1, down from the normal $2.66 price for nonmembers. According to the Boston-area bike-share program’s website, the one-buck trips can be redeemed by tapping “Single Trip” on the Bluebikes mobile app and entering code “BLUECROSS.” The $1 trips can be redeemed an unlimited number of times.
“We hope these discounted Bluebikes fares will help our communities reduce the challenges of traveling in the city during these scheduled MBTA shutdowns,” said Kathy Klingler, the chief marketing officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, which sponsors BlueBikes.
The bike rental system — which is owned by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville — will also offer expanded “valet service” at West End Park, at Copley Square by the intersection of Dartmouth and Boylston streets, and at Boston City Hall at 28 State St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the affected weekends.
MBTA officials say the unprecedented series of closures will significantly hasten the completion of several station improvement projects.
In the meantime, the Bluebikes website has recommendations for bike-docking stations near the closed MBTA stations, as well as routes to traverse the distance impacted by the weekend construction.
Earlier this weekend, the MBTA announced the timing of the station closures on the Orange Line:
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 4 through Oct. 6.
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 11 through Oct. 13.
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 18 through Oct. 20.
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 25 through Oct. 27.
8:45 p.m. on Nov. 1 through Nov. 3.
8:45 p.m. on Nov. 8 through Nov. 10.
The agency has yet to announce the exact timing of the closures on the Red Line, but these are the weekends:
Nov. 16 to Nov. 17.
Nov. 23 to Nov. 24.
Dec. 7 to Dec. 8.
Dec. 14 to Dec. 15