Shuttles hummed from station to station every 4 to 5 minutes on the D Branch of the MBTA’s Green Line this morning, with seven buses waiting for riders at Reservoir Station in Newton. A bevy of transit officials in orange vests with yellow stripes helped passengers navigate the detours. And delays for commuters were only about 15 to 20 minutes, the exact window that the MBTA had predicted when it announced the repair work.
The feared summer slog on the Green Line didn’t materialize today, this first commute since more than two months of work began on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's popular trolley route that runs between Newton and Boston.
"I wasn't expecting it to be like this," said Bernice Sookie, 48, who left herself an extra 90 minutes for her commute from Jamaica Plain to Newton Center. "I was expecting it to be chaotic, but it's running smoothly."
The repair work will close the trolley lines from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first phase between Riverside and Reservoir stations in Newton will run until Aug. 3, while the second phase will stop trolley service between Reservoir and Fenway stations Aug. 4 to Aug. 31. There will be full service for the Fourth of July.
-- April Yee, Javier C. Hernandez, and Andrew Ryan
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