The MBTA is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6-8pm in which it will outline its Forging Ahead plans regarding how its commuter rail and other services could change in light of reduced ridership since the pandemic hit.
Wellesley has three stops along the commuter rail, and is nearby several green line stations, including Riverside and Woodland. The town’s commuter rail stations and lots have largely been empty in recent months, and that has cost the town more than a few bucks in parking fees.
This meeting will focus on residents of Wellesley and other MetroWest communities, and allow an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Register for the meeting. Questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The MBTA is considering, as of May 2021, the following commuter rail changes:
- Stop all service after 9 PM
- Stop all weekend service (Fairmount Line replaced by bus service), starting as early as January 2021
- Decrease weekday peak service and some midday service, reducing from 505 trains (Fall 2019) to 430 trains
- Close six (out of 141) stations based on low ridership, operational impacts, and availability of alternatives (no Wellesley or Natick stations are on the list to be whacked.
No additional fare increases are planned yet beyond those that went into effect last year.