The MBTA announced today it's not going to be running any trains or buses under the partially collapsed Government Center Garage - which sits atop Haymarket station, "until a team of structural engineers, examining and assessing infrastructure above and below the surface, confirms that subway service can safely resume."
Specifically, this means no Orange Line service between North Station and Back Bay and no Green Line service between North Station and Government Center. The T adds that the 92, 93 and 111 buses will be diverted to North Station, but cautions they could be delayed due to possible gridlock caused by the need to keep the streets around what's left of the garage closed off.
The T says it will run shuttle buses between North Station and Government Center, but really, "the MBTA also encourages commuters directly impacted by the tunnel closures to consider working from home while diversions are in place, if they are able to do so."
One worker died yesterday when the floor he was jackhammering to help demolish the garage for its replacement with a skyscraper collapsed and fell nine stories to the ground.
The HYM Investment Group, formerly headquartered in the garage building, and National Real Estate Advisors, which were working to create a new Bulfinch Complex residential and office complex at the site, issued a statement:
We are heartbroken and devastated by the news of the tragic accident occurring at Boston's Government Center parking garage yesterday evening. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the worker who died in this tragedy. We would like to thank the Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department, EMS and all emergency response teams for their swift response, and we are working closely with investigators as they actively review the incident. The safety of the women and men that work on our developments is our greatest priority and we have shut down all aspects of the demolition of the garage and will not resume work until we are satisfied it is safe to do so.