Government Center Subway Station Closing

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Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Elli21486 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:32 am

So Anime Boston is fast approaching and I thought I should share this to fellow con-goers. Starting March 22, Government Center (Blue/Green Line) will be closed. Fortunately, this will not affect con-goers on the Red, Green, or Orange Lines. However, con-goers on the Blue Line will be affected. With that said, here are some alternatives for Blue Line travelers. You can also reverse the directions after the con is over.

Option 1
-Get off at State and hop onto the Orange Line Inbound (Forest Hills)
-Get off at Downtown Crossing and use the connector tunnel and walk towards the Green Line
-Use the Green Line as normal

Option 2
-Get off at State and hop onto the Orange Line Inbound (Forest Hills)
-Get off at Downtown Crossing and hop onto the Red Line Outbound (Alewife)
-Get off at Park Street
-Use the Green Line as normal

Option 3
-Get off at State and hop onto the Orange Line Inbound (Forest Hills)
-Get off at Back Bay and use the exit at end of platform (towards the front of the train)
-Walk through Copley Place, over the walkway, and through the Prudential Center
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Kanechan » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:12 pm

There is a fourth option you might have missed, even if it's not as desirable: Take the Orange Line outbound from State to Haymarket, then take the Green Line inbound from there to Prudential, changing at Park Street if you find you're not on the "E" train.
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Yukito Kunisaki » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:40 pm

I definitely recommend just straight shooting to Back Bay. It's not a bad walk. I personally hate the green line.

As for this though, wait.... when you say closed, do you mean PERMANENTLY or for the week/weekend?

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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by kaitanuva » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:57 pm

Yukito Kunisaki wrote:I definitely recommend just straight shooting to Back Bay. It's not a bad walk. I personally hate the green line.

As for this though, wait.... when you say closed, do you mean PERMANENTLY or for the week/weekend?
It's a two year project.

http://mbta.com/riding_the_t/default.asp?id=26899

So yeah, you can said it's permanent lol.

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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Elli21486 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:36 am

Like kaitanuva said, this is a 2 year project. They are remodeling the entire station, which includes platform upgrades, signage upgrades and elevator access (which Government Center doesn't have right now.)

As for going straight to Back Bay on the Orange Line, I do recommend doing that if you will be having a bulky/big cosplay design due to the Green Line always being extremely packed.
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Kanechan » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:19 pm

I'm "necro-bumping" this thread because of some recent good news: Although it's not on the MBTA website yet, a news blurb on NECN says that Government Center will reopen on March 26th, the Saturday of the con, ending the two-year-long closure for renovations. I for one can't wait for it to reopen, and I had hoped it would do so around the time of the con. Now it looks like it will happen at that time. 8-) :D
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Elli21486 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:38 pm

Just got the news that Government Center will completely open on March 26 as well. Can't wait to see how it looks inside now.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massac ... story.html
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Aurabolt » Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:55 pm

That's awesome =O

Folks who needed to switch from Blue to Green needed to go to State St. then go to Haymarket. Given the rumors about the complex above Haymarket being torn down and replaced with a skyscraper, this is great news XD
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Elli21486 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:16 pm

Aurabolt wrote:That's awesome =O

Folks who needed to switch from Blue to Green needed to go to State St. then go to Haymarket. Given the rumors about the complex above Haymarket being torn down and replaced with a skyscraper, this is great news XD
This is not scheduled for years... Well, the portion about the Station on the busway anyway. The plan for that project is that they will start tearing the other side of the building first while the portion above the T entrance will remain. Then, once that portion is complete and a majority of it is filled, they will begin working above the T where that entrance will be closed.
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Shirley Dulcey » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:07 am

Although the Government Station station is scheduled to reopen on March 26, I would check the T site for info as the day approaches before making travel plans. Large construction projects often encounter unexpected delays, so the station may not reopen that day as planned.
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Kanechan » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:33 pm

Shirley Marquez wrote:Although the Government Station station is scheduled to reopen on March 26, I would check the T site for info as the day approaches before making travel plans. Large construction projects often encounter unexpected delays, so the station may not reopen that day as planned.
Perish the thought! :lol: But seriously, from the article on Boston.com, it appears that the renovations will be completed on time and within budget. There will be some closures on the Blue and Green Lines in the weeks to come, presumably to aid the reconstruction: Bowdoin Station will be closed on evenings between Feb. 28~March 2, and the section between Park St. and Haymarket will be closed for two weekends this month (Feb. 13~14 and 20~21), along with evening closures from 8:45 PM onward on the 16th~18th and 22nd~25th.

While it pays to keep an eye on things, it doesn't look like there will be any major problems at this point.
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Kanechan » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:09 pm

Some pictures of the inside and outside of the new station on the WBUR website:

https://www.wbur.org/2016/02/08/governm ... renovation
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Re: Government Center Subway Station Closing

Post by Elli21486 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:38 pm

Kanechan wrote:Some pictures of the inside and outside of the new station on the WBUR website:

https://www.wbur.org/2016/02/08/governm ... renovation
That's pretty neat. Can't wait to see how it looks for myself, even though I would not be needing the station for my regular commute.
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Just in time for this year's AB...Gov't Center re-opens on March 21st

Post by JeffersonLeeEng » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:39 pm

http://www.boston.com/news/2016/03/09/m ... story.html

Just in time for Anime Boston this year, MBTA has nudged the opening date for the newly-renovated Government Center station to March 21st (Saturday, March 26th being the originally and tentatively planned opening day). So, rejoice that it can be utilized by daily commuters in the week leading up to Easter and, of course, this year's Anime Boston event.
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