Officials: Increase In MBTA Service Will Be Slow Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — At a meeting Thursday, the MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board discussed how Gov. Charlie Baker’s phases of reopening Massachusetts will affect T service.

Commonwealth Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said any ramp up in service will be very slow and in line with the state’s reopening plan.

Pollack told the board the MBTA will not see large numbers of riders.

“In terms of thinking about phasing up in phases two and three, we’re just not going to see the ridership that we have historically carried in the early phases,” Pollack said. “Not a reason not to get back to full service; just a reassurance that full service does not need to be restored this week or this month or next month.”

Another issue is ensuring there are enough buses and trains to allow for social distancing as essential workers continue to get to their jobs, and as people working from home begin to return to their offices.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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