MBTA working to meet impending additional demand as restrictions set to lift

BOSTON — At the Wonderland MBTA stop in Revere, Charlie takes the Blue Line once a week.

“So far, the Blue Line has been the busiest, Green Line not so much and the Orange Line not so much, but you can see that people are slowly coming back over the past, say, three weeks,” Charlie said.

Data from the last MBTA report shows Commuter Rail ridership starting to elevate at the beginning of April. According to Charlie, it’s still down from pre-pandemic levels.

“Thirty percent? I would say 30%,” Charlie said.

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Meeting any additional demand that may come with reopening is a mission the MBTA says it has been working on.

“All rapid transit service is already planned to increase this summer, and some bus routes that had been previously suspended will resume service on June 20,” the association said.

There have been stumbling blocks, like a tweet Tuesday morning from an angry commuter on the Blue Line saying they were sick and tired of late shuttles and packed cars and platforms. The MBTA responded this morning that the cause was a power issue and the problem was resolved around noon.

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