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Buses To Replace Orange Line Until December

Riders will need to take the busses on the tippity-top of Orange Line from July 8 through Dec. 28 after 9 pm.

Beginning July 8, and going until Dec. 28, buses will replace evening Orange Line trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove every Sunday through Thursday, according to the MBTA.

On the affected nights, bus replacement service will begin at 9 p.m. and run until the T closes.

The bus replacements will allow the MBTA to shut down Orange Line tracks in order to build the new Orange Line station in Assembly Square.

This change in service is part of a .

Liana Rogue June 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM
This is ridiculous! Let's have another station on a line that doesn't even have the capacity during rush hour to serve the customers on the second or third stop on the line to begin with. It's not like you can add more trains since all trains run back to back. Are they going to build another giant parking lot too? Love how the surrounding communities had no actual say in this ridiculousness of a planning mess!
Paul Weston June 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree. This project was totally unnecessary, since there are 2 stations already close by. I don't see how you can get anymore people onto these trains at rush hour.
Mike June 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
They are planning to turn Assembly square into Stations Landing in Medford. This is the community website: http://www.somervillestep.org/index.html
Liana Rogue June 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I think the development in Assembly Square is great for the area and surrounding areas but I don't see how another station will work. i watch Sullivan Square and even Wellington Square 8AM commuters constantly having to wait for the next train because there is no space on the current one. I know additional tracks along the line would have been more expensive but it might have been a better solution to the already huge capacity problem going on. Maybe another track for express trains during rush hour? Maybe add a stop on the commuter rail instead to use it as an express MBTA line? I don't know but all I can say is if you're a 9-5er good luck getting on the train in the morning assemble squarers!
AnnieOMalden June 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I believe they are putting an IKEA where the station will be.
Paul Weston June 28, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I agree with Liana's idea about the express train. I recently wrote to the T about using the third track between Community College and Wellington for express trains in the evening commute northbound. So far no response. I also suggested to T management about getting free access to the Commuter Rail during times that the Orange Line was out of service. Before the T went to the Charlie Card and Ticket system, the old passes were valid on the Commuter rail from North Station to Malden Center.
coldwaterdiver June 28, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Unions need the work so the project got funded. All the more reason to get on the train at Oak Grove to get a seat. Gotta love this state, the T loses money every year but this project still gets approved.
Paul Weston June 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I will admit that I have on occassion taken the train from Malden to Oak Grove for the purpose of doing just that, getting a seat because Malden was that packed.
Don June 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
All that station is going to do is allow the trashy people who live in the Somerville projects a way to jump on the train and reek havoc on where ever it takes them. Nothing has ever done well in Assy Square because of the project. Maybe they should tear that down and build the station on that property, already owned by the state.
iCitizen June 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
This made me laugh.... "All that station is going to do is allow the trashy people who live in the Somerville projects a way to jump on the train and reek havoc on where ever it takes them. " Pure gold
Bobby James June 28, 2012 at 06:37 PM
They're all going to come to Malden and ruin our top class All American City!!! OH NOEZ!
david mokal June 28, 2012 at 07:19 PM
HAAAAAAAAAA !! Ya made my day Bobby. Be like Moses bringing the Slumervillites Opening the Mystic River to Let my people go.
david mokal June 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Good Lord It will be the Slummerville Stampede!
THEBIGBT June 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The BigBT sees this as a waste of time. There are two stations nearby. that land could have or should have been used to have a wind farm or solar panel field. Or a community farmland. Something that could benefit the whole community rather than another strip mall with codos. Ever take those busses after a game in town. Noah's ark on wheels,
david mokal June 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Waste of Time and Money> All they have to do is use buses to take you to Assembly Square. Sulivan Station you can walk to Home Depot and K mart its so close have done that many times. A wind Farm would have been great.
Beth Chaplin June 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM
'wreak', not 'reek'. The Somerville residents I know are at least able to spell.
Florence Russo July 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I think I heard that Ikea pulled out of the deal
Phe July 02, 2012 at 03:48 PM
My heart says no. My bank account breathes a sigh of relief. But I don't think that IKEA did pull out of the deal...yet. The NIMBYs in The 'Ville got all hot and bothered about increased traffic (because, as the Stoughton store proved, traffic will be gridlocked forever more with everyone rushing to get their cheap, import goods...and that was sarcasm, yes...) and that's what's held the project up for so long. IKEA proposed the store location T stop to allow more people to take the T - and are paying for the stop. Last I heard, if you took the T to IKEA, you also got free delivery of your larger goods. Now, as for the "Somerville Project People" beating a path to Malden's door as noted by someone else above...are you kidding me? When was the last time you were IN Somerville? 'Villie-ans give me pitying looks when I say I live in Malden, but no one ever seems to be in a hurry to leave there for here. It would be great if Malden could someday be that tempting, but for now...Do try to bring yourself into this century please.
Beth Chaplin July 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Phe, I could not agree more with everything you just said! Though I remember Stoughton having some traffic gridlock when the store first opened, but it seemed to calm down after a few months.
Phe July 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Beth, I'd heard that about Stoughton as well. The first month or two was chaos but...IKEA! :) The closest one heretofore was in NJ and, well...NJ. :( I do know that everytime I've gone (and we're going again this Friday for some things for the daughter's room), it's been so easy in and out. I mean, I see the concern with respect to increased traffic in an already ridiculously over-trafficked area like Assembly Square, but IKEA really did sort of bend over backwards to accomodate those without cars - and make it more feasible to take the T in the first place. Free delivery and not having to drive? Yes please.
may September 12, 2012 at 08:55 PM
i love the idea of this NEW train stop to the mall its about time..

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