Some MBTA Stations Will Be Closed on Marathon Monday
And other need-to-know changes along the transit system.
Keeping safety in mind on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, some MBTA stations and stops will be inaccessible to riders trying to get into the city to watch runners approach the finish line on April 21.
This week, the MBTA released its definitive schedule for the day of the Boston Marathon, which includes station closures at spots near Boylston Street. According to the T’s website, Copley and Arlington Stations will be shut down for the entire day on Marathon Monday. Three above-ground stations along the Green Line will also be closed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the day of the race. Those stations include the South Street, Kent Street, and St. Mary’s Street stops. The “B” section of the Hynes Convention Center located on Boylston Street will be available for exit only.
Other Green Line trolleys will operate on a regular weekday schedule with rush-hour levels of service before and after the race. Similarly, the Red, Orange, and Blue Line services will be running on a regular weekday schedule but with more frequency to accommodate the thousands of people that will likely rely on public transportation to get in and out of the city.
The schedule adjustments on both Patriots’ Day, and the days leading up to the event, means there will also be some bus detours and route changes, according to transit officials.
Several Marathon-related events will take place during the week prior to Marathon Monday, affecting some bus routes. Beginning the morning of Thursday, April 10, route numbers 9, 10, 29, 55, 57, and 170 will move from the Copley Square bus stop in front of the Boston Public Library at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets to farther down Boylston Street at Copley Mall. The bus stops will return to their original spots the day after the Marathon. This change gives the city time to prepare for the swarms of people that will watch the Marathon from the Boylston Street finish line. On April 12, Boylston Street will be closed from approximately 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. from Hereford Street to Dartmouth Street, impacting several bus routes.
And lastly, the day before the Marathon, and on Patriots’ Day, all of Boylston Street will be closed, of course. To view more information about adjustments to the T services for the days leading up to the race, visit their website.