BOSTON (WHDH) - With the first day of the Orange Line shutdown underway, Government Center has been a primary focus of the MBTA, with shuttle buses, bike lanes and street closures converging to be a source of confusion for commuters.

State Street is closed between Congress and Washington Streets. Boston’s Chief of Streets said the city is doing everything it can to keep the shuttle buses moving. He said Orange Line commuters should consider the buses as their first alternative rather than thinking about driving into the city.

The city’s traffic control center will be watching traffic signals closely so officials can see what adjustments need to be made as some riders will be taking to the roads instead. The center will be used throughout the entire shutdown to monitor congestion and keep things moving smoothly.

Another issue drivers will face include limited parking spaces as some are being taken away so shuttle buses can maneuver around tight intersections and access sidewalks to pick up passengers.

Bikers are also advised to use sidewalks because shuttle buses will be directed through the bike lanes in spots.

Experts advise commuters to plan ahead.

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