Due to construction about to begin on the site of the former Boston Garden, the existing MBTA head house will be closed on Jan 2. Commuters should be aware that covered ADA accessible walkways will be put in place for MBTA customers until the developer’s project is completed in December 2018.
The head house closure and demolition is needed to allow for construction of a direct connection between the Orange and Green Line Stations and the east lobby of North Station Commuter Rail. Once built, it will have long-lasting benefits for T customers, who will never again have to walk outside in extreme weather, nor cross the street to get from one station to another (as is now the case).
The developers have coordinated with T personnel to ensure safe and convenient pedestrian flow between North Station and the Green and Orange Line stations. In the interim, pedestrians will be asked to use the other entrances/exits at the Orange/Green Line Station and cross Causeway Street at the designated crosswalks. Signs will be posted and as work zones change, the signage will change accordingly.
Pedestrian travel paths will remain the same for the majority of the project, except for some minor adjustments that will occur throughout the course of the project. The changes will be announced well in advance and appropriate sinage will be put in place. Entrances to North Station Commuter Rail station and waiting area will remain open throughout the duration of the project.
Extra MBTA Customer Service personnel will be on duty for the first month or more of the head house closure to help any customers who may need assistance.
When finished, there will be a covered, underground connection from the commuter rail to the subway and a new entrance to North Station via Causeway Street.
The overall development project includes 210,000 square feet of retail, 700,000 square feet of office space, 440 residential units and a 260-room hotel. Construction is being performed by John Moriarty & Associates (JMA).