Friday, June 29, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting this weekend — and some routes will have decreased service.
On Sunday the MBTA's fare increases start. They're being imposed — along with service cuts — to close the transit agency's $160 million budget gap. Those service cuts also begin Sunday. In Jamaica Plain, cuts include the end of the 48 Bus or "JP Loop" and ending service on the E-line at Brigham Circle on weekends instead of going all the way to Heath Street. There are other changes, like an increase in the surcharge for getting your Commuter Rail ticket on the train (if the station where you board has ticket machines). THE RIDE will add a more expensive $5 zone starting Oct. 1. For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system beginning Sunday, visit this T link or check out the PDFs attached to this post. Here's a look at the…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Among the direct effects on JP transit users, a Wednesday decision by the T ends the 48 Bus starting on July 1.
The T's decision to hike fares 23 percent and cut services, which was made official today, means the end of the 48 Bus. Route 48, also known as the "JP Loop" often came out as one of the least-used in the whole system. It will stop running July 1. Other effects on JP include that the E-line will end at Brigham Circle on weekends. Overall, most subway fares will jump 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25.
The MBTA faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year which begins July 1.
After all of the talk, public hearings, and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $161 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. Meanwhile, some cuts in service—mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and the commuter rail—were also approved. Those cuts include the 48 Bus or "JP Loop." The fare hikes and service cuts take effect July 1. Many people showed up at today's hearing and were given a chance to talk during a one-hour "public speaking" session before the …
Friday, May 20, 2011
13,568 commuters enter the Orange Line at Forest Hills in a typical weekday.
The MBTA's 2010 Ridership and Service Statistics report (view at right as a PDF), known as the “Blue Book" contains a wealth of data about getting around in Boston. According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, "The Hub's transit system is the oldest and fourth largest in the nation [and] has a history longer than that of American independence." The most recent report, released May 10, includes figures on most and least popular lines and routes, stations' amenities, when timeliness, and vehicle types for all services including buses, trains, ferry and The Ride. The reports' most recent figures are from 2009. Here are some figures for the parts of the system in Jamaica Plain: