BOSTON (WHDH) — Crews repairing tracks on the Orange Line continue to make steady progress while Commuter Rail trains get a boost during the shutdown, according to MBTA officials.
Steve Poftak, MBTA’s general manager, said at least 16% of the work the agency needs to do is complete, with all tasks so far on schedule.
Poftak provided another update on the project Wednesday as MBTA continues to try to squeeze five years of work into the 30-day shutdown period.
He added that the shuttle bus service, which replaces the Orange Line, has found its rhythm since the shutdown began last weekend, despite some hiccups.
“There were a handful of growing pains over the weekend, (but) I think we’ve made a step where they need to go,” Poftak said.
But while the shuttle buses are filling up, many commuters are also using the commuter rail service available to them.
While the Orange Line is closed until September 18, passengers can ride Boston’s Commuter Rail for free with their CharlieCard or a CharlieTicket.
The option is so popular, Poftak says, that several Commuter Rail trains, including the Needham Line, are adding more stops and buses.
“We added a number of stops on certain Providence/Stoughton Line trains that would normally go through Forest Hills but wouldn’t stop there, and then they would stop at Ruggles, Back Bay and (and) South Station,” Poftak said .
During the shutdown, the Haverhill Commuter Rail line has also made additional stops, stopping at Oak Grove and Malden Center before terminating at North Station.
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