January 27, 2021

Deep MBTA Service Cuts Proposed: Here’s What Could Be Lost

MASSACHUSETTS — MBTA officials proposed deep service cuts that would stretch across the transit agency’s entire 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. It’s been known the beleaguered transit agency would have to take drastic measures, but the breadth of impact was only made known during Monday’s Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting.

Significant service cuts, line eliminations and station closures were proposed for some low-ridership bus routes and commuter rail lines, as well as the Hingham/Hull ferry, according to a presentation made at the meeting. 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.

“Some of these decisions we are making will require a significant amount of time to

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