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Repairs Edition! Aching Orange Line, Charles River Bridges

HUB-WIDE—The Orange Line needs somewhere in the ballpark of $1B in repairs and upgrades: "Current Orange Line trains date to the mid-1980s and are kept in service by creative MBTA workers, who often have to fashion their own replacement parts for trains that are no longer being made." [Hub]
CAMBRIDGE/BOSTON—Speaking of repairs, work on the bridges spanning the Charles is making commuting that much more of a headache: "[S]ix defunct bridge structures that are showing signs of deterioration are being patched up by the state using federal funds, but they must all be completed by 2016, which has lead to consecutive closures and diverted travel routes." [Daily]