BOSTON (WHDH) – The MBTA will reduce subway service across lines Monday in response to a federal report blasting the agency’s shortage of dispatchers.
As part of its response to special orders from the Federal Transit Administration, MBTA is cutting service on subway lines starting Monday because they don’t have enough dispatchers to handle regular operations. The new timetables are:
Red Line: The Ashmont and Braintree branches run every 14 to 15 minutes instead of 9 to 10, and trains between Alewife and JFK run every 7 to 8 minutes
Orange Line: Runs every 10 minutes in the morning, every 8 to 9 minutes during the day and every 11 minutes at night
Blue Line: Runs every 7 minutes until 9:00 am and every 8 to 9 minutes the rest of the day.
Also starting Monday, the Green Line’s B branch between Boston College and Kenmore will be closed for 12 days, with shuttle buses carrying passengers.
The FTA is investigating the T following the death of Robinson Lalin in March and numerous other safety issues, and on Wednesday issued four special directives calling for immediate action before releasing its final report. One of the policies specifically criticizes Operations Control Center employees who work 20-hour shifts and return to work after only 4 hours off, which Gov. Charlie Baker said addressed to T.
“One of the things they said was because you need more dispatchers, you need to find or train some people who have special skills in shipping,” Baker said Saturday. “I think that’s going to be a big focus of the ‘T’ from that point forward.”
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