MBTA increases service levels for subway, Commuter Rail, ferry, bus routes

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has increased its service levels as part of the next step of the state’s reopening plan.

Regular weekday service has begun operating on the Blue Line, with increased weekday service implemented on the Red, Orange, Green, and Mattapan Lines, according to the MBTA.

Service also increased for nearly 60 bus routes.

Beginning on Monday, Commuter Rail service essentially doubled and weekday ferry service resumed.

“Right now, we believe that we have a really extraordinary amount of service available so that people can ride in a socially-distanced way,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said.

The MBTA will be providing face coverings to riders in need at key stations during peak travel times for the next two weeks under their Ride Safer campaign.

“We want customers to feel safe, we want customers to know that they are safe on the MBTA,” Poftak added.

Signage and messaging to promote the importance of keeping a safe distance and wearing face coverings will be put on display.

MBTA has also rolled out a new tool that provides real-time crowding updates for nine bus routes that experience high ridership.

 

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