The MBTA is making changes to its transportation service due to concerns about the coronavirus
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced it will reduce service beginning on Tuesday to help slow the spread of coronavirus and due to recent reductions in ridership.
The changes are being made based on guidance from public health officials around social distancing, the MBTA said.
"The MBTA plays an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus while continuing to provide critical services to medical professionals and other employees in key industries that rely on public transit," MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement. "While some of these changes are inconvenient, they maintain a responsible balance between protecting the health and safety of the MBTA workforce and our customers, and our goal of continuing to run safe and reliable service without major disruptions."
The revised schedule is below:
|Blue Line||Trains every 9 to 13 minutes|
|Orange Line||Trains every 9 to 11 minutes|
|Red Line between Alewife and JFK/UMass||Trains every 7 minutes|
|Red Line Ashmont and Braintree Branches||Trains every 14 minutes|
|Green Line||Trolleys every 7 to 13 minutes on the branches; more frequent service on the trunk|
|Bus (with exceptions)*||Saturday schedule|
|*Express Bus Routes 325, 326, 351, 352, 354, 501||Regular Weekday Schedules|
|Commuter Rail||Reduced Service - Schedules posted on MBTA.com|
|Mattapan Line||Trolleys every 12 to 26 minutes|
|The RIDE||Full service|
On the Blue Line, trains can be expected to arrive approximately every nine to 13 minutes. On the Orange Line, trains can be expected approximately every nine to 11 minutes.
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On the Red Line between Alewife and JFK/UMass Stations, trains can be expected to arrive approximately every seven minutes. Red Line trains on the Ashmont and Braintree branches will run approximately every 14 minutes.
Green Line trolleys will run every seven to 13 minutes on the branches, with more frequent service on the trunk.
Ferry service will be cancelled until further notice. Ferry customers who board at the Hingham and Hull terminals are encouraged to use West Hingham or Nantasket Junction Stations on the Greenbush Commuter Rail Line as an alternative.
All Commuter Rail lines will operate on reduced schedules, which can be found at mbta.com. On all lines, Commuter Rail schedules are being modified to support targeted periods of peak travel while providing options for off-peak travel throughout the day.
The Mattapan Line will run trolley service approximately every 12 to 26 minutes.
The MBTA will continue to operate full service on the RIDE. The MBTA encourages RIDE customers to plan their trips accordingly and follow the guidance of public health officials while in close contact with older adults or people with underlying health issues.
The MBTA’s CharlieCard Store is located at 7 Chauncy St. within Downtown Crossing Station. Normal hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the event that hours of operation change, customers should check MBTA.com for updated service hours.
Nationally, Amtrak also announced a reduced schedule. Northeast Corridor service will run at 40% of normal weekday operations. Click here for more information.