Statement Regarding MBTA Blue Line Proposal

“A seven month timeline to eliminate slow zones on the Blue Line is unworkable for riders and our region alike. While we appreciate the MBTA’s prioritization of Blue Line service, this timetable is untenable in light of the transit dependent riders and essential workers that rely on this line each and every day,” said A Better City President & CEO Kate Dineen. “It is imperative to address major track issues before the Sumner Tunnel closure in July and the MBTA must consider alternative strategies that do not require starting to shut down service as early as 7 PM, which would disproportionately impact shift workers as well as the broader economy. Additionally, we need more transparency about what was actually achieved during recent Blue Line closures and what documentation gaps and inconsistencies triggered the systemwide speed restrictions just over a month ago.”

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