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MBTA FLOATS OPTIONS AMID BACKLASH OVER POSSIBLE SERVICE CUTS

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON, MARCH 20, 2017....Last week MBTA officials presented the tough medicine the agency could take to zero-out its $42 million structural deficit, including slashing weekend commuter rail trips and special service for disabled passengers. On Monday, MBTA officials offered up some options that might make the paratransit service reductions go down easier, and said there would also be a range of options related to the commuter rail.

"The goal is not to eliminate service. That is a last resort," MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve said Monday, echoing Gov. Charlie Baker's remarks on the idea, which the administration last week surfaced as a possibility.


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