Detail of official Casey Arborway plan showing new entrance to Forest Hills T north of New Washington Street.

Explainer: Why is Forest Hills Down to One Track?

If you've passed through Forest Hills Station since Saturday, you know only one of the two tracks is in use. Why? The short answer is for Casey Arborway construction. The platform will stay down to one track through December. The MBTA has said it has a plan for rush hour so the closure won't cause added delays.

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Commuters leave the T platform at Forest Hills Station on Aug. 29, 2016. Soon only one track will be used to boarding and disembarking.

T: Closing Forest Hills Track Should Not Create Delays

JP residents recently learned that one side of the platform at Forest Hills T will be closed starting next week through December. An MBTA spokesperson says the change "should have no impact on customers other than the fact they will be boarding on the southbound side." Joe Pesaturo of the T said the agency does not anticipate delays during the closure. One side of the platform will be closed to accommodate work on the Casey Arborway. Pesaturo, in a voice mail to Jamaica Plain News, said the T has a plan so that during rush hour as many trains can enter and leave on one side as do currently on two.

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From Sept. 3, 2016 through December, only one of Forest Hills' two platforms will be in use.

One of Forest Hills Platforms to Close Through December

UPDATE: The T explains that it has a plan so that during rush hour it can keep to the regular Orange Line schedule. ~~~~~

Fellow Orange Line riders, get ready for some additional chaos in your favorite subway line. The T will be shutting down one of the two platforms at Forest Hills soon as part of the Casey Arborway Project. Here's the laconic announcement posted by the T:
All train service will board on the southbound platform at Forest Hills beginning Saturday, Sept. 3, and continuing through December 2016, due to the Casey Overpass Project.

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Bus replacement Aug. 13-14

Bus Replacement on Orange Line Again This Weekend

Another weekend, another Orange Line hassle. On Saturday and Sunday, buses will replace trains between Jackson and Back Bay. It's bus service all day and night, both weekend days. Plan accordingly! The T says it's to do work so the Orange Line works this winter.

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Leak control at Forest Hills Station on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Government Center Isn’t the Only Leaky Station

The T's big embarrassment of the week has been the leaks at newly renovated Government Center.  There's a much more minor leak at Forest Hills. At the Jamaica Plain station, T personnel have deployed what looks like plastic trash bags to catch a leak down a support column next to the turnstiles.  Seems like a good interim fix, since it's keeping the water off the main floor.

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