There’s a silver lining to the upcoming weekend MBTA station closures (and it’s not the Silver Line).
Bluebikes introduced this week that it’ll provide discounted rides throughout the downtown Boston station closures, which can start Friday evening on the Orange Line and recur each weekend between Sullivan Square and Tufts Medical Center by way of Nov. 10. The closures will then hit the Red Line, shutting down stations from Kendall/MIT and Broadway almost each weekend from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15.
On these weekends, Bluebikes will provide single journeys of as much as 30 minutes for $1, down from the conventional $2.66 worth for nonmembers. According to the Boston-area bike-share program’s web site, the one-buck journeys will be redeemed by tapping “Single Trip” on the Bluebikes cellular app and getting into code “BLUECROSS.” The $1 journeys will be redeemed a limiteless variety of occasions.
“We hope these discounted Bluebikes fares will help our communities reduce the challenges of traveling in the city during these scheduled MBTA shutdowns,” mentioned Kathy Klingler, the chief advertising and marketing officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, which sponsors BlueBikes.
The bike rental system — which is owned by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville — may even provide expanded “valet service” at West End Park, at Copley Square by the intersection of Dartmouth and Boylston streets, and at Boston City Hall at 28 State St., from 10 a.m. to six p.m. throughout the affected weekends.
MBTA officers say the unprecedented collection of closures will considerably hasten the completion of a number of station enchancment tasks.
In the meantime, the Bluebikes web site has suggestions for bike-docking stations close to the closed MBTA stations, in addition to routes to traverse the space impacted by the weekend development.
Earlier this weekend, the MBTA introduced the timing of the station closures on the Orange Line:
8:45 p.m. on Oct. four by way of Oct. 6.
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 11 by way of Oct. 13.
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 18 by way of Oct. 20.
8:45 p.m. on Oct. 25 by way of Oct. 27.
8:45 p.m. on Nov. 1 by way of Nov. 3.
8:45 p.m. on Nov. Eight by way of Nov. 10.
The company has but to announce the precise timing of the closures on the Red Line, however these are the weekends:
Nov. 16 to Nov. 17.
Nov. 23 to Nov. 24.
Dec. 7 to Dec. 8.
Dec. 14 to Dec. 15