MBTA closes newly opened Green Line extension for 4 weeks

Written by Javed Iqbal

The track that brought Green Line service into Somerville opened in late March, 32 years after the state promised to extend the service. Customers will have access to free shuttle buses during the closure. Service will resume Sept. 19, the MBTA said.

The opening of the Medford branch of the Green Line extension has also been plagued by repeated delays. It was scheduled to begin carrying passengers in December, then May and then this summer. Test trains began running on the new branch on May 14, the MBTA has said. The MBTA did not specify the date in late November that it expects the service to be available.

The Medford branch includes five stations: College Avenue, Ball Square, Magoun Square, Gilman Square, and East Somerville.

Since a Green Line collision in July 2021, the T has seen a series of problems: An escalator broke at Back Bay Station, causing a bloody pileup and injuring nine people, a commuter train killed a woman in her car after a crossing signal in Wilmington malfunction, two more Green Line trains crashed and derailed, injuring four people, and a man was dragged to his death by a Red Line train at Broadway Station after his arm got caught in a subway door.

The death brought intense scrutiny from federal transit safety regulators, who began an almost unprecedented inspection of the subway system in mid-April. The Federal Transit Administration is expected to release its final report on the T this month.

In June, the FTA said it found the MBTA did not have enough dispatchers to safely operate its subway, so the agency reduced service on the Orange, Blue and Red lines by more than 20 percent. Federal inspectors also said the T needed to repair and upgrade large sections of its subway tracks.

Material from previous Globe stories was used in this report.

Laura Crimaldi can be reached at laura.crimaldi@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi. Taylor Dolven can be reached at taylor.dolven@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @taydolven.

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