Reinstate Swampscott/Lynn/Chelsea MBTA Commuter Rail Stops
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Commuters from Swampscott, Lynn, Chelsea and River Works are facing egregious cuts with the new MBTA Commuter Rail schedules set to begin on 12/14/15.
Inbound Cuts: Trains stopping at these stations and arriving at North Station prior to 8:30 a.m. have been reduced from seven to five, a reduction of nearly 30% at critical commuting times. Commuters are left with an almost hour gap between trains during the crucial 6:30-7:30 a.m. time slot. And are then left with an hour and forty minute gap between trains at 8:22 - 10:05 a.m. (Swampscott stop times).
Outbound Cuts: Trains departing North Station and stopping at these stations between 5:00-7:00 p.m. have been reduced from five to a mere three trains, a reduction of 40% at critical and crowded commuting times.
The majority of these cuts are the result of the MBTA increasing express trains to/from Salem and skipping over these last few stops between Salem and Boston. The MBTA cites that changes are being made to ensure on-time schedules and eliminate delays, however a read through past alerts makes clear that the vast majority of delays are a result of equipment damage and/or bridge/signal issues further north in Beverly and beyond.
Express trains skipping Swampscott, Lynn, Chelsea and Riverworks only save commuters heading to/from farther destinations seven minutes. But these cuts are detrimental to the workers, students and citizens in our towns relying on--and paying good money for--public transportation to get where they need to go.
Missed trains that previously would have meant a short wait for the next train will turn into missed pick up times from schools and day care, missed family dinners, missed classes, missed appointments and extreme tardiness that could be job ending.
Shouldn't Massachusetts be investing in public transportation as one of the solutions to so many issues (global warming, skyrocketing city rents and parking fees, overcrowded roads) rather than gutting it? And shouldn't the MBTA be holding on to the loyal, paying riders who depend on their services, rather than forcing more cars on to the road?
Change the proposed express trains back to local trains and reinstate the Swampscott, Lynn, Chelsea and River Works stops now.
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