December 14, 2020 (BOSTON, MA) – The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted today to proceed with pared-down cuts to critical transportation services. The plan will significantly reduce commuter rail service, eliminate several bus routes, close bus stops, increase wait times for subways, stop some ferry services, and affect the scheduling of paratransit rides. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.
“Slashing these critical services will be catastrophic for communities that depend on public transit,” said Staci Rubin, Senior Attorney at CLF. “It’s senseless to cut services that essential workers depend on each day while COVID continues to rage. These cuts are not as bad as originally proposed, but they will nevertheless upend the lives of thousands of people, set the state back in reaching our climate goals, and hinder economic recovery after the pandemic.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.