Cuts in service like these are shortsighted and if they occur, most likely permanent. Additionally these proposed cuts are going to do nothing but increase traffic congestion, worsen air quality, and aggravate commuter frustration. There are no easy answers but instead of looking at drastic cuts the MBTA and the Mass. Department of Transportation should be looking at revenue optimization in such areas as new tolls on I 93, dynamic tolling on the Mass Pike and dynamic pricing for state owned parking lots and garages.
It was only a few short months ago that our local and state politicians heralded the relocation of the CSX multi-modal train yard from Boston to Worcester giving the MBTA better control of the tracks between the Commonwealth's two major population centers. With this control these politicians and transportation leaders were quick to promise enhanced rail service for the residents of Central Massachusetts. It now seems those trains will never leave the station.