Scenes from the return of the Orange Line


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The service restarted Monday after a 30-day hiatus.

Forest Hills station early Monday morning. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe

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:

Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
A commuter rushes to board an incoming Orange Line train at Oak Grove. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
A commuter waits to board an Orange Line train in Oak Grove. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Commuters arrive in Boston from Oak Grove. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Sunshayna Luma from Hyde Park, senior at Fenway High School, on the orange line to school. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Commuters on an Orange Line train at Oak Grove. – Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Commuters arrive in Boston from Oak Grove. – Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
A commuter boards an Orange Line train in Oak Grove. – Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Commuters in Oak Grove. – Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Commuters arrive at Oak Grove. – Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Pupils walk to school after getting off an Orange Line train in Forest Hills. – David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe
Scenes from the return of the Orange Line
Johnny Hennessey is greeted by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on his 56th birthday as he rides the Orange Line to Boston from Forest Hills.



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