The MBTA says Green Line and Orange Line service between Back Bay and North Station will remain suspended for the remainder of the weekend due to continuing concerns about a support column at Government Center Garage.
The agency said it was working to resume regular Orange and Green Line service “as soon as safely possible”. The MBTA hopes to resume regular service at some point on Monday morning – as long as it is “deemed safe by internal and third-party engineers and safety experts”.
Passengers were encouraged to use the Green Line service between Copley and Government Center stations, noting that the Green Line service will continue to be replaced by a shuttle service between Lechmere and Government Center stations.
The MBTA first reported the impact on service on Thursday evening, saying HYM Construction, the contractor tasked with demolishing the garage, told the agency that the support columns in the tunnels near Haymarket were “seriously deteriorated”, making them dangerous for trains.
MBTA chief executive Steve Poftak had blamed the contractor directly, but HYM said the issue was “not related” to his job.”
On Saturday, the MBTA said it “continues to provide assistance to the developer of the Government Center Private Garage in the recovery effort, taking into account all efforts to ensure that the developer has access to support columns and reinforces the structures”.
“Repair work continues to be ongoing and the MBTA will continue to support HYM contractors by delivering workers and materials to the site,” the agency added.
The MBTA said structural engineers and safety experts are also on hand to monitor the site, “carrying out intensive reviews and assessments of the infrastructure above and below the surface at Haymarket”.
“These teams are and will be prepared to assess their work to ensure the safety of all infrastructure before allowing MBTA service to resume.”
According to the MBTA, staff and Transit Ambassadors continue to be available to assist T customers, and additional accessibility vans are also available.
Commuters who spoke with NBC10 Boston on Saturday night weren’t too happy to find the Haymarket station closed. Many passengers said the frustrating thing about service disruptions like this is knowing when they get to the gate.
“I honestly had no idea, I just found it closed so I’m taking an Uber now,” one man said.
It’s part of the same project where construction worker Peter Monsini was killed in a structure collapse in late March.
“I think they need to take public transit more seriously,” Jess Jensen Mitchell said, “and think about the needs of the people who live here.”