Government Center station to close for two years beginning in March

ProposedHeadHouseEntry
A rendering of the proposed Head House Entry at Government Center. Credit: MBTA

The MBTA officially announced that starting March 22, it will shut down the bustling Government Center station for a two-year renovation.

T officials said crews will “upgrade the station into a fully accessible, safer, modern, more comfortable facility” and will combine improvements to the Green Line station, Blue Line station, and Cambridge Street/Government Center Plaza.

The Green and Blue Line stations include a new head house structure at the main entrance and raised platforms for more accessible boarding of the Green Line low-floor trains, as well as new elevators, escalators, LED signage and an expanded fare collection area, among other improvements.

Passengers traveling through both the Green and Blue line platforms can expect more vendor retailers, officials said.

Because both Blue and Green Line trains will pass through Government Center Station without stopping, the T is recommending that commuters anticipate an additional 10 to 15 minutes of travel time.

The T also recommended that Green Line customers desiring access to the Blue Line travel to Haymarket Station and transfer to the Orange Line toward Forest Hills (southbound). Customers should transfer to the Orange Line at State Street Station for Blue Line connections.

Blue Line customers seeking access to the Green Line should travel to State Street, transfer to the Orange Line toward Oak Grove (northbound), then transfer at Haymarket Station for Green Line connections.

More T tips for affected passengers:

Customers looking to travel outside the MBTA or use Hubway are dealing with a “minimal” distance between State Street and Downtown Crossing / State Street and Park Street.

Beware: Customers who exit and re-enter the system will be charged again if they do not have an unlimited weekly or monthly pass.

During the closure, the last downtown Green Line stop will generally be the following for each branch:

• B Line (Boston College) will end at Park Street
• C Line (Cleveland Circle) will end at North Station
• D Line (Riverside) will end at Park Street during rush hours, and North Station at other times
• E Line will end at Lechmere

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.