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Government Center T Station closing Saturday

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BOSTON (WHDH) - The Government Center T station will be closed for two years starting on March 22 while crews work to update it to a more modern facility.

The Government Center Station Improvements Project will work to bring the station up to code on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) Agreement and will install elevators. Currently, the station is only accessible by stairs or escalators.

The project will also replace the escalators and the stairs and upgrade the station's entrance to a more modern-looking design with a new fare collection area.

Crews will also reconstruct parts of Cambridge Street and a portion of City Hall Plaza.

MBTA Transit is warning commuters that due to the construction, they should allow an extra 10-15 minutes for travel.

People have mixed reactions concerning the plans, especially since the station is widely used, with some worrying about the inconvenience of the day-to-day commute.

"It's going to be a lot of inconvenience, now we're going to have to walk down to Park Street," said one commuter.

However, some can agree that the renovations are necessary, although some wish it didn't have to take so long.

"I think that's a little too long. It doesn't take them that long to re-do a station," said another rider.

If the construction is finished on time, the station will re-open in spring of 2016.

Blue and Green Line trains will pass through Government Center but will not stop there. The B Line will stop at Park Street and the D Line will stop at Park Street during rush hours.

Bowdoin Station will have extended hours throughout the length of the project.

For more information on the project's effect on your daily commute visit the MBTA website.

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