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MBTA officials have proposed deep service cuts that would stretch across the entire public transit system, impacting all modes of public transportation amid dwindling ridership and a widening budget gap. The proposed cuts ranged from $65 million to $255 million.
In order to makeup the difference, the MBTA is looking at significant service cuts, line eliminations, and station closures for some low-ridership bus routes and commuter rail lines, as well as the Hingham/Hull ferry. No cuts are final and officials are still working to identify exactly which lines would be impacted. A vote is expected in December and changes would take place in mid-2021.
The Hingham/Hull ferry accounted for 70 percent of all ferry service hours in 2019, but was deemed both low-ridership and less transit-critical at the last board meeting. Most commuter rail lines were looking at the possibility of no more weekend service or weekday service after 9 a.m., as well as reduced frequency and even station closures. The lines deemed low-ridership and less critical for transit needs included Fitchburg, Framingham/Worcester, Franklin, Greenbush, Haverhill, Kingston/Plymouth, Lowell and Needham lines.
The latest plan from the MBTA may be found here.
Upcoming MassDOT Board and Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting: October 19, 2020 at 12PM. Details here.
The proposal to severely cut services for the Hingham and Hull Ferry and Greenbush Line is counterproductive to everything we have invested in public transportation for the South Shore. Over the past two decades we have invested millions to make the South Shore accessible to commuters, modernize transportation, get cars off the street, and help reach our environmental goals. With the Greenbush line having only been completed in 2005, and just getting ridership up to where we wanted it to be, to limit operations will undo all of these efforts. It is imperative that we strive to retain these services as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic and associated budget restrictions, so that the South Shore and surrounding areas do not suffer long-term losses to our community, our economy, and our future. - Senator O'Connor