Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Yellowspoon » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:51 am

I was on the blue line in mid-afternoon on Sunday, 13-MAR-16. The announcement over the train's P.A. was that the opening of Government Center had been advanced to Monday, March 21st.

I have no reason to doubt this, but I thought the MBTA usually opened new lines/stations on Saturdays so that any bugs would be fixed by the Monday rush hours.

I rode through this area on both the blue and green lines. There are several signs that say, "SCOLLAY", but there is no context as to what 'SCOLLAY" means. I only know because I'm over 60. Is Charlie's wife going to be there every day at quarter past two?
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Arlington » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:03 pm

Seems to me the "tagline" under the station name should read:

Government Center
City Hall Plaza - Scollay Square
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Type 7 3684 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:44 pm

Apparently B trains will continue to terminate at Park Street after Government Center reopens.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Diverging Route » Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:50 pm

Type 7 3684 wrote:Apparently B trains will continue to terminate at Park Street after Government Center reopens.


Will D/Riverside trains continue to Lechmere midday?
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Type 7 3684 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:10 pm

Diverging Route wrote:
Type 7 3684 wrote:Apparently B trains will continue to terminate at Park Street after Government Center reopens.


Will D/Riverside trains continue to Lechmere midday?

D trains haven't gone to Lechmere since 2004. If North Station is what you mean, I believe D trains will continue serving North Station midday/weekends and terminate at Park during rush hour
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby CRail » Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:48 am

Why would they terminate at Park Street and loop Government Center out of service?

Boston College trains will in fact remain at Park Street, Riverside service will return to Government Center full time, and Park Street westbound will remain in its current configuration (the D and E berths will not be swapped back to how they were).
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Type 7 3684 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:27 am

The MBTA told me via twitter that the D line will remain its current destinations. I personally think it's a good idea for the D line to terminate at Government Center, if it terminated at North Station then it would cause congestion.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Echo33d » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:05 am

Perhaps there was some confusion due to the fact that, operationally, they are keeping the current peak service patterns. D branch trains have been looping at Government Center in the peak this whole time; only B trains have been looping at Park.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Type 7 3684 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:02 pm

Right. I completely forgot about that.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby FatNoah » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:50 am

That's just the ribbon cutting, I'd expect it to be open at the start of service. They did the same thing with Assembly Sq.


Rode through today at 9:00am on the way to Lechmere. The train announced the stop and we went very slowly through the station, but we didn't actually stop. I did see a construction worker practically running with piece of some kind of panelling to install held over his head. I imaging they'll be putting finishing touches on things for a little while after the station officially opens.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby fishmech » Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:55 pm

Attended the opening ceremony. Was pretty nice and crowded. When we got to go down to the Green Line platform level, there was a bunch of tables set up with free doughnuts, cookies, muffins and water bottles. I then got to ride the first westbound Green Line departure from the new platforms - it ran just to Park Street and then switched to being marked as a D train that continued in regular service.

All in all, pretty neat.

There was a nice custom sign message up on the entry level as well: http://i.imgur.com/XnRPPP2.jpg
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Type 7 3684 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:59 pm

I was there too. The new station is really impressive.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:15 pm

I traveled through on my way home. I thought it looked great!
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby Yellowspoon » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:31 pm

If one looks at the map in the photograph, one would notice that the decision to terminate the B trains at Park Street was not a last-minute decision.
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Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

Postby The EGE » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:11 pm

In case anyone hasn't already gotten their fill of pictures, here are mine from today.
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