Opportunities for Engagement with MBTA: Public Meeting Tonight, Partnership Transportation Committee Meeting Dec. 1st
In a presentation to the Fiscal Management Control Board yesterday, the MBTA announced a proposed suite of service cuts and capital reallocation maneuvers to address a projected $579 million budget gap in FY22 as part of its “Forging Ahead” initiative. The plan will shave an estimated $130 million in annual expenditures; 35% of savings are directly attributed to service level reductions on Commuter Rail.
Proposed Commuter Rail Service Reductions
Elimination of weekend service on Commuter Rail is slated to begin in January, with other scheduling modifications targeted for May.
Proposed Commuter Rail Service Changes:
- Stop all weekend service (January 2021)
- Stop all service after 9pm (May 2021)
- Decrease peak and some midday service (May 2021)
Commuter Rail Capital Projects placed “On Pause:”
- Franklin Double Tracking & Signal Improvement
- Framingham/Worcester Line Track & Station Accessibility Improvements (including Third Track Feasibility)
- Worcester Union Station – Design and Construction
- Procurement of 181 Bi-level Coaches
MBTA Public Meeting Information
The MBTA is seeking public feedback and engagement as it moves forward with this process. The MBTA will be holding 11 public meetings over Zoom (nine regional meetings, two system-wide meetings). These meetings can be joined by computer, smartphone app, or telephone.
495/MetroWest Partnership Transportation Committee Meeting
The Transportation Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, December 1st, at 8:30 AM
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The Transportation Committee will hear a presentation from MBTA Assistant General Manager for Policy Laurel Paget-Seekins regarding upcoming MBTA service reductions, including reductions to Commuter Rail. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and to offer feedback on the proposed service changes.