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Boston Mayor Wu to discuss Orange Line shutdown as last-minute preparations continue – Boston 25 News



BOSTON — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Thursday morning will discuss the 30-day Orange Line shutdown as last-minute preparations continue.

Wu will highlight updated plans to handle the major disruption during a 10:30 a.m. news conference at City Hall.

The news conference comes after a few people were outspoken at a meeting held Wednesday night in Chinatown about the lack of shuttle buses to service the neighborhood when the Orange Line shuts down Friday night.

“When you guys made up this information and these flyers, you didn’t even have Chinatown in mind,” said Cecelia Cordova, a Chinatown resident.

Cordova says her Chinatown neighborhood is always overlooked, and she’s upset it happened again when the MBTA decided not to have shuttle buses stop here. Ed Flynn, who is president of the Boston City Council, also represents Chinatown.

“I think the MBTA wants to be supportive and help the neighborhood, but that would include having a bus stop here and working with residents on language and communication access,” said Flynn.

On Wednesday night, the T did make changes.

“They’ve announced tonight that they will be adding an additional shuttle bus stop in Chinatown,” said Wu.

Details on what route it will take and where it will stop are still being worked out. And the T will also add a Silver Line stop. Wu says she is happy the MBTA listened.

“This community is seen and heard and needs to be part of the planning, and we are very glad they have responded to the concerns that have been elevated,” said Wu.

As the shutdown looms, Wu says the city is working with the T to help overcome any issues. And to that end, she will try it out herself.

“On Monday, I will probably take the shuttle bus route to see how that’s going. Tuesday, I’ll try to mix it up and go on the Commuter Rail,” she said.

Wu says she’ll also ride a bike one day. And she says signage in multiple languages, including Chinese, will be provided.

“At each shuttle bus stop, there will be sandwich boards in different languages, as well as staff on the ground who can help guide and facilitate folks to shuttle buses and help get their bearings,” said Wu.

The MBTA says it’ll announce the shuttle bus route and where that shuttle bus will stop on Thursday.

Officials say traffic congestion on roads across the region will be “severe” and commute times will be longer during the shutdown, which begins Friday at 9 p.m. and lasts through Sept. 18. The first real test of the closure will come on Monday, Aug. 22.

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