BOSTON, Mass. — Service was suddenly suspended Thursday night on a busy stretch of the Green and Orange lines sending a commute into chaos which remains Friday morning.
According to the MBTA, a structural issue at the Government Center Garage caused the disruption of service.
Shuttle buses will replace Green Line service between Government Center and Lechmere. The Orange Line is suspended between North Station and Back Bay.
Those driving and walking in the area may also be impacted, as Boston police have closed several streets in the area of the garage.
“[M]any streets in the area will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic including portions of Congress Street, Surface Road, New Chardon Street and Sudbury Street,” according to a release issued by BPD. “These street closures and detours will remain in effect until further notice,” the release continued.
When reached for comment, National Real Estate Advisors and the HYM Investment Group sent along the following statement regarding Thursday’s incident:
“This afternoon a team of engineers conducted a survey of the MBTA tunnels underneath the Government Center Garage. A subsurface column in proximity to the Green and Orange Lines was identified as compromised from years of water damage. The condition of this column is unrelated to the demolition work at the Government Center Garage. In an abundance of caution, the MBTA is diverting operations around the Haymarket MBTA Station.”
— National Real Estate Advisors and the HYM Investment Group
The group is re-developing the former Government Center Garage as part of a project called “Bulfinch Crossing.”
“This service disruption as a result of HYM’s project is unacceptable and the MBTA will seek to hold HYM Construction accountable for all costs associated with this event,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a release. The release goes on to say that the MBTA expects service to be impacted for several days while engineers can examine the damage and make any needed repairs.
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