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MBTA: More Money Needed to Maintain the Green Line



    Report: Green Line Maintenance Stretched Thin

    MBTA officials are struggling with the upkeep of one of the city's oldest means of public transportation.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

    MBTA’s green line could face increased derailments if the transit system doesn’t receive an influx of cash and workers, according to an MBTA report.

    The MBTA led the Nation in 2016 with eight derailments according to the National Transit Database. In 2017, there were four derailments through October.

    Boston’s oldest Subway lines have been getting people around for decades. “Everyone in Boston looks to the T and expects for the T to perform but we can’t expect that if we aren’t willing to pay for it,” said Lindsey Toomy, who has ridden the T for more than 30 years.

    Some riders think the transit system could be losing out on money by not charging everyone who gets on. “I think they could do more with just trying to make sure people pay when they get on the trains. So many people get in the back door,” said Boston resident Phillip Kelmper.

    The MBTA’S report says the tracks are safe but suffer from years of disrepair and only get fixed when they are about to cause derailment, or after. “This is a great city and the T is a good service but we need to take care of it like anything we care about,” said Toomy.

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