BOSTON (CBS) – The MBTA is going to start reducing service on trains and buses beginning Tuesday to help slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Bus and subway lines will be switching to Saturday schedules while service on all commuter lines will be cut back. Ferry rides have been shut down for now. You can find all of the changes on mbta.com/coronavirus.

“These changes are being made based on guidance from public health professionals and have been developed according to several criteria that seek to protect the health and safety of MBTA employees and customers, as well as recent reductions in ridership,” the MBTA said in a statement Monday afternoon.

“Acknowledging guidance that recommends people avoid large crowds, the MBTA will operate at levels that support social distancing.”

The MBTA said they will continue monitoring crowd sizes on trains and buses and make service adjustments if necessary.

“This means if the T experiences an increase in ridership, capacity will be added as necessary.”

Comments (4)
  1. Frank G says:

    So to support ‘social distancing’ the T is reducing the number of trips, making for more crowded cars?

  2. Edward Kudlack says:

    Like Frank G said, less trips means people will be forced to be closer together on the trips that are still running. If you want to prevent the spread of the virus more trips should be run so that people will have plenty of space to spread out. The MBTA is doing the opposite of what they should be doing if they want to prevent the virus from spreading.

  3. Edward Kudlack says:

    The least disruptive solution is just to require people to use masks when they use the T. Give masks away to those who don’t have one.

  4. Edward Kudlack says:

    Or maybe instead of closing everything down and destroying the economy we just require everyone to wear masks when out in public?

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