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BAKER WANTS ALTERNATIVES TO WEEKEND COMMUTER RAIL CUT

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, MARCH 20, 2017....The elimination of weekend commuter rail service will no longer be considered an option to close the MBTA's looming budget deficit after Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he would "explore alternatives" to close a $42 million gap that will preserve weekend service.

Baker backed off the idea a week after transportation officials floated the possibility of saving $10 million by cutting weekend commuter rail service to and from Boston for one year while making capital upgrades to the rail lines.


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