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MBTA's Government Center Station to Close for Two Years Next Month

The station will close March 22 and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2016.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Government Center Station in Boston will close for two years starting Saturday, March 22, according to Boston.com.

The closure is part of the MBTA's $90 million project to renovate the station, which is located at City Hall Plaza, according to the report. The station is expected to reopen in the Spring of 2016, with construction expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of that year, according to an MBTA website that includes details of the project

The project aims to bring the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) agreement, according to the MBTA. Current access to and from the station is provided by stairways and escalators. 

Trains will run through the station without stopping during the closure, and as part of the rebuilding, the MBTA will run a special bus route will stop at Government Center, Haymarket and State Street stations, according to Boston.com. Bowdoin Station, additionally, which is usually closed on weekends and after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, will remain open every day and close daily at the same time as other station. 

jirkyrick February 12, 2014 at 09:18 PM
They can let the govt station employees hang around Malden center station and do nothing there
Joe Viglione February 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM
We can put a spaceship on the moon, yet it takes 2 years to renovate? Ya gotta be kidding me. Is there Big Dig $$$$$ involved?
Tom Menino February 13, 2014 at 07:03 AM
$90M will become $150M. Spring 2016 will become Fall 2016. And the new elevators will all have Out of Order signs on them within a month. Assuming a ceiling chunk doesn't fall on someone first. Welcome to Massachusetts.... the Sochi of the West.
mark February 13, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Waste of money! All they needed to do is add a handicap elevator and ramp! I don't think it would cost 90 million $$$. We need the names of all people involved who approved this project and then make them accountable for fraud against the taxpayers!
BH February 13, 2014 at 09:02 AM
$90 mil??!! A new walmart from a wooded area costs $8-12 million total. What in the world are they spending $90 million on?
John February 13, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Brought to you by the same state government crowd that spends $69 million for a #$%^* healthcare website that doesn't work. Keep automatically voting for the anti-American socialist Democrats and this is what you get. I'm not saying the Republicans are 100% pure, but without a legitimate checks-and-balances system in place we are doomed in this state if we continue to let these thieving Democrat amateurs run things. Had enough Independents? I have. Time to start tossing the bums out. Now.
BH February 13, 2014 at 09:34 AM
While I agree with you about the dems, the republicans generally favor the rich, so pick your poison. Middle class gets left in the dust by both parties.
Kurt Buermann February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM
If it weren't for the negativity as expressed by the commenters here, this country would have a highly efficient long and short distance rail system by now. It is imperative we reduce our fossil fuel use with attendant carbon emissions in the face of global temperature increase. Those who disparage government works should espouse privatization of all government services so our highway system should be ripped up forthwith as it is government-built and managed and so can't possibly be any good.
BH February 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Yes Kurt, our opinions are meaningless and they are the root of our government not being able to come to a consensus on any issues, including rail transportation. Perhaps you have no grasp of construction. The root of this issue is the gross overspending for a renovation of a structure already in place. However according to you, we cannot question, scrutinize or discuss where OUR money is being spent. We want the work done, we just don't want the overspending. Perhaps you should espouse the notion of government waste. Everyone, hold back your opinions forthwith, or face your government not getting anything else done in your lifetime.
Skyler White February 13, 2014 at 01:06 PM
There have been rumblings that they may add a Northboro stop..They are investigating the area across from Wegmans. Has anybody heard the same?
mark February 13, 2014 at 01:30 PM
To BH, we all would be rich if it wasn't for Democrats preventing us from doing so!
BH February 13, 2014 at 01:34 PM
That's ridiculous. Dems want to help poor and illegals, republicans want to help their rich friends who are already rich. They don't want the middle class rising up, they are comfy with where we are now. They are both horrible.
John February 13, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Providing assistance -- and NOT a multi-generational lifestyle -- to the poor with WELL MANAGED programs is one thing. As a civilized society, it's what we should do. However, assisting those less fortunate via benefits that are fraudulently obtained that the Dems ignore and pretend doesn't exist (hello, Deval) is another. The Dems on both the national and local levels are also consciously giving away everything for free to illegals at the expense of honest, legal, hard-working tax payers. The Dems cost me money every time one of them opens their hypocritical mouths.

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