The MBTA set the direction today for Spring 2021 Commuter Rail schedules, focusing on preserving access, matching service to ridership and passenger needs, and providing more operational flexibility. Responding to feedback from riders and communities, weeknight service after 9 p.m. will largely remain, particularly where ridership has returned more than in other areas and on transit-critical lines.
“Travel patterns have changed and will continue to evolve. As we look to the spring, we can be even more efficient with taxpayer dollars while ridership is low and use this time to shift toward a schedule that could be more attractive to future riders. The intent is to pilot a service model closer to regional rail,” said Steve Poftak, General Manager of the MBTA. “The MBTA Railroad Operations team and Keolis have developed some exciting plans that can achieve both objectives.”
More details can be found here.