After an unprecedented 30-day shutdown, the orange line is back.
The first trains left Oak Grove and Forest Hills at 5:16 a.m. Monday, officially reopening the Orange Line, the MBTA said.
The MBTA came under fire this summer after the Federal Transit Authority investigated the agency and released a damning report amid a Red Line death and an Orange Line train catching fire.
After the report was released, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu advocated for extended shutdowns to allow time to address major infrastructure issues after the FTA identified lack of maintenance as one of the reasons for the state of the system.
Wu and the City of Boston have helped organize replacement shuttles and dedicated bus lanes. Alternative transportation options were particularly important as school started for many students during the shutdown.
Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference on Sunday that the 30-day shutdown allowed the MBTA to “complete five years of tracking and reporting infrastructure improvements.”
Although some delays have been reported, as of Monday morning things seem to be going pretty well.
Check out what the return of the Orange Line looked like:
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