Report: MBTA service cuts could wipe out 800 jobs

The report, released by the union-backed coalition Public Transit Public Good, said the job cuts would disproportionately hit Black workers living in communities with high COVID-19 infection rates like Dorchester, Brockton, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury, Revere, Lynn and Everett.

The coalition’s Mike Vartabedian of Machinists Union District 15 and Lee Matsueda of Community Labor United plan to join Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Monday at 9:15 a.m. on City Hall Plaza to speak against the proposed reductions t o bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry services.

“Any savings from job losses would be offset by Unemployment Insurance obligations of the MBTA and the Commonwealth,” Matsueda said.

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MBTA delays action on proposed service cuts

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It would also eliminate more than 800 jobs, reports, citing a study released Sunday by worker-rider alliance Public Transit Public Good. That would include 460 MBTA employees and 270 from the contract operators for commuter rail and ferry service.

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‘We are angry and we are disappointed’: Opposition to the proposed MBTA service cuts is growing

Citing potential lost opportunities for economic growth, essential workers in need of reliable transportation, and the push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advocates and officials are raising their voices to call on MBTA leaders to reconsider proposed service cuts as the system suffers pandemic-related financial losses.

On Thursday, a rolling rally of transit workers and riders organized by the Public Transit Public Good Coalition brought that message outside the State Transportation Building in Downtown Boston.

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‘Too Drastic,’ MBTA Riders, Workers Protest Massive Service Cut Proposal

BOSTON (CBS) – A large group of MBTA riders and workers held a rolling rally in Boston Thursday morning to protest drastic service cuts proposed by the T.

The rally was organized by Public Transit Public Good, which says on its website that it is “a partnership of transit workers and riders throughout Massachusetts fighting for the future of public transit.”

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Rolling rally to protest planned MBTA service cuts

A broad coalition of riders, workers and labor unions is planning a protest and rolling rally outside the MBTA’s Boston headquarters as the agency mulls service cuts.

MBTA officials want to eliminate 25 bus routes, weekend commuter rail service, ferries and more.

The transit agency is dealing with a considerable budget gap due to low ridership and declining fare revenue during the pandemic.

The rolling rally begins at 10 a.m. with cars and bikes gathering on Summer Street in the Seaport to start the ride to the transportation building on Stuart Street.

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Community members and labor groups participated in a rally to oppose MBTA service cuts, on November 19. The protest, organized by Public Transit Public Good, began at Summer Street in the Seaport District and moved to the State Transportation Building. Speakers addressed the importance of having accessible, affordable public transportation and the tens of thousands of people who depend upon the T to get to work, school, and other destinations.

“Covid-19 has reshaped our daily lives,” said executive director of Community Labor United Lee Matsueda, in a press release. “Bus and train services remain critical for the riders who take hundreds of thousands of trips every day, and especially the essential workers who have kept our communities running during this pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need a transit system that works for all of us, and that means a safe, affordable, and accessible service.”

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MBTA Employees, Commuters Rally Against Proposed Service Cuts

A group of MBTA employees and commuters were scheduled to hold a rolling rally outside the agency’s Boston headquarters on Thursday morning to speak out against proposed service cuts.

The rally, organized by Public Transit Public Good, was in response to proposed service cuts the MBTA put forward earlier this month due to a decline in ridership and revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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