BOSTON (WHDH) — Drivers are already confused and frustrated by the Orange Line shutdown ahead of the first week of work starting Monday with the replacement shuttle bus commuting.
Saturday was the first full day of shuttle service, and drivers are already concerned about longer commutes and disruptions.
“I have to get up a little earlier to get to work on time,” said commuter Willie Santa.
Some drivers are skeptical that the Orange Line will achieve its goal of only closing the line for 30 days to fix problems. Other drivers feel that the MBTA should have addressed the issues on the Orange Line sooner.
“I feel like they should have done that a long time ago,” said commuter Tamah Headen. “To do that now, when schools are about to start, when people are still struggling to get to work on buses that are hardly ever on time and trains that are already hardly on time. It’s a fight.”
The T encourages people to use alternative modes of transportation like other forms of public transportation like the S-Bahn to eliminate traffic congestion. As an alternative, the city is also offering commuter cycling options during the shutdown.
In a news conference Saturday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu stressed the importance of MBTA to improving the Orange Line and said the city is trying its best to lessen the impact of the shutdown on commuters.
“We’re making every optimization we can think of,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.
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