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Boston’s Troubled Orange Line Subway to Close for Month of Repairs

  • Full-line closure after safety ills is called unprecedented
  • About 100,000 passengers will face disruption of Orange Line
Green and Orange line stops at North Station in Boston.

Green and Orange line stops at North Station in Boston.

Photographer: Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald/Getty Images

An entire Boston subway line that serves about 100,000 passengers daily will be closed a month for urgent repairs, authorities announced Wednesday, the latest blow to the transit system’s beleaguered riders.

The 20-station Orange Line, which runs north-south through central Boston and diverse neighborhoods, will be shuttered for 30 days beginning Aug. 19, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said. The service will be replaced by shuttle buses and offset by beefed-up commuter rail service during that time.