“Mayor Fuller knew that this was important and wanted us to sign up as quickly as possible. So we did, and we’ve already had some applicants go through the system. And I’m sure we will have many more.”
Following Michelle Wu’s election as the mayor of Boston in early November, a bold policy proposal that would have been considered impossible a few years ago is finally on the agenda—making public transportation free in the City of Boston. Wu spearheaded the idea of a fare-free MBTA back in early 2019 with an ambitious op-ed…
“We have limited resources and there are a lot of restraints on the MBTA,” Donahue-Rodirguez said. “Designing is very complicated.”
The MBTA announced its plans to reconstruct three commuter rail systems on the Worcester Line in Auburndale, West Newton, and Newtonville. The 30-percent design, which includes the conceptual design and preliminary engineering, will improve accessibility for riders with disabilities and accommodate for bidirectional service, according to the MBTA.
For students and staff at the Carroll Center for the Blind, bus route 52—which was recently suspended—was also an essential learning resource.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) proposed a number of service cuts to account for the $580 million budget shortfall it is experiencing due to decreased ridership during the pandemic.