MBTA Celebrates Government Center Station’s Grand Reopening
Despite a few inches of wet snow, the MBTA’s Government Center station reopened Monday following a two-year renovation that closed the Green and Blue Line hub.
Before the reopening ceremony, busking violinist Vivian Luo, of “Hotline Bling” on the Red Line fame, performed for those in attendance.
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— Ryan Breslin (@RyBrez) March 21, 2016
MBTA general manager Frank DePaola, who first revealed that the new Government Center would open in March, wore a transit-themed tie for the special occasion.
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Perhaps as a nod to the old Government Center, the refreshments table was set up where the Dunkin Donuts hut used to be.
As a Bostonian, pretty cool to be set up where the old Dunkin Donuts in the Government Center T stop. @Dare_To_Taste pic.twitter.com/WV2TKwEtVR
— Jen Royle (@Jen_Royle) March 21, 2016
There’s even a certain English flair to the new station.
And best of all, it appears the MBTA has finally done something about that ear-splitting screech that plagued the old station. Turns out the solution was just a little water.
— Gintautas Dumcius (@gintautasd) March 21, 2016
The MBTA is looking for someone to occupy the retail space where a small convenience store once stood on the old Blue Line platform.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker stopped by for the ribbon-cutting. We can assume Baker finally started returning Walsh’s numerous calls.
Government Center officially reopens to the public at 12:30 p.m. Monday.