MBTA hopes to resume normal downtown subway service on Monday – but there’s a caveat

The MBTA said this evening it is hoping to resume regular Orange and Green Line service Monday morning, – “if deemed safe by internal and third party engineers and safety experts.”

The T shut the Green Line between Lechmere and Government Center and the Orange Line between North Station and Back Bay on Thursday after discovering decaying columns holding up what’s left of the Government Center Garage over Haymarket station.

Two developers are tearing down the garage to make way for more of their high-rise Bulfinch Crossing complex, which has a completed residential tower and a nearly completed office tower that had one floor catch fire on Friday. Thursday’s subway shutdown is the second since March, when part of the garage structure collapsed.

The T described weekend work to shore up the columns:

The MBTA continues to provide assistance to the developer of the private Government Center Garage in the recovery effort, accommodating all efforts for the developer to have access to the support columns and to reinforce the structures. Repair work continues to be underway and the MBTA will continue to support HYM’s contractors by delivering workers and materials to the site. Structural engineers and safety experts are also on scene monitoring the site, performing intensive examinations and assessments of the infrastructure above and below the surface at Haymarket. These teams are and will be ready to assess their work to ensure the safety of all infrastructure before allowing MBTA service to resume. The MBTA will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.

In its statement, the T did not say, as its general manager, Steve Poftak did on Thursday, whether it still intends to bill the developers, National Real Estate Advisors and the HYM Investment Group for costs related to the subway shutdown.

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