City, MBTA and families prepare for first day of school

Boston - Boston public schools is getting ready to welcome thousands of students back to class. Thousands of them will be relying on the Orange Line to get there. The city, MBTA and parents say they are trying to make sure there are no surprises.

All aboard the Orange Line shuttles. Boston and MBTA say they are ready for the more than 4,000 students who may need to use the orange line to get to class.

Mano Katsompenakis says his son usually takes the Orange Line from Community College to Roxbury Crossing and then walks a block. He and his 8th grader are doing a dry run Wednesday before the first day of school Thursday.

“Community college to downtown crossing, get off, go find the green line, ride the green line to back bay, get off. Get a new shuttle bus from Back bay to Roxbury crossing,” said Katsompenakis.

Boston school officials say they have given out T passes to more than 46-hundred students who live within a mile of the orange line. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu says they have tried to tackle every potential issue even adding more school bus service.

Volunteers who traditionally reach out to struggling students before school begins are also helping families understand the orange line shut down.

“We fell it needs that personal touch to knock on a door and welcome a family and their child back to school,” said a volunteer.

Parents are hoping the timing of the T shutdown doesn’t take away from the first day of school experience. “It’s anxiety as it is and now we are adding this that could have been avoided if we moved 10 days earlier,” said Katsompenakis.

BPS says students will not be penalized if they arrive late during the orange line shutdown.

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