Red Line Information

April 30, 2024
We received the following information from the MBTA:

We are reaching out about the upcoming Red Line shutdown and how it will impact City of Boston Streets. Specifically, we are notifying institutional abutters near the Boston Common about changes to parking and anticipated traffic impacts due to the MBTA’s shuttle operation. While we do not anticipate any changes to Park Street parking/traffic movements, we encourage drivers to leave extra time for additional traffic during the shuttle operation.


The Red Line will be shut down for track maintenance from Park Street to JFK/UMass May 2 to May 10 ( During the shutdown, shuttle buses will replace Red Line service. Shuttles will operate every 30-60 seconds during peak hours to ensure that Red Line passenger loads are accommodated. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is coordinating with the MBTA to ensure that shuttle operations are as smooth as possible during this time and Downtown streets remain functional during the shutdown.

Roadway Impact

We anticipate that there will be impacts to streets in Downtown Boston due to both parking restrictions and changes to traffic patterns. Below is a list of changes to City streets during the shuttle operation:

  • Tremont Street from Park Street to Avery Street will have parking restrictions. The bike lane will be diverted between Park Street and West Street to accommodate shuttle loading on the curb near Park Street Station.
  • Boylston Street from Tremont Street to Harrison Avenue will have parking restrictions.
  • Summer Street will have lane restrictions and parking restrictions to accommodate shuttle traffic.
  • Franklin Street will have parking restrictions.
  • Bromfield Street will have parking restrictions.
  • Police details will be placed at the intersections of Tremont St and Boylston St, and Essex St and Atlantic Ave, to help direct traffic.