Starting on March 22nd of this year, Government Center on “the T,” as the subway is known by the locals in Boston, will be closed for renovation. To my knowledge the reason the MBTA has decided to update Government center is because they have to stay in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Government Center was built in the late 19th Century when the first subway system was built in America. When it was built it was named Scollay Square Station, it was made famous in 1959 when The Kingston Trio performed a cover of a 1948 Boston protest song there. However, the building has not been updated much since the 50s and 60s, so now has become old and is not easy or safe for disabled people to move around.
The subway will run through Government Center during the 2-year renovation, but will never stop there. Everybody in Boston knows that Government Center is a major stop, especially for businesses and the town hall. The JFK Memorial is also nearby for tourists. Another important place that Government Center usually reaches is City Hall Plaza, which is usually very popular during the summer months.
For a video on the new renovation visit:
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