The MBTA will ramp up service on all its subway lines starting this weekend as Massachusetts continues through the steps for reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday that the “second step” of the state’s Phase 2 of reopening will commence starting June 22, allowing offices to raise their occupancy limits from 25 percent to 50 percent and restaurants to serve customers inside.
The MBTA has been running on reduced schedules during the pandemic, but the transit agency is adding service system-wide starting Sunday and Monday, following the state’s reopening for Phase 2.
Starting Sunday, regular weekday service will return for the Blue Line and increased weekday service will be utilized on the Red, Orange, Green, and Mattapan Lines. Service will also be increased for almost 60 bus routes.
“We’re going to keep about 30% of the buses in reserve to run on a run-as-directed basis,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak told WCVB.
Effective Monday, service on the Commuter Rail will be increased and ferry service will resume for weekdays, with regular weekday trips for Charlestown and reduced weekday service to Hingham and Hull.
Service Reminder: https://t.co/ZfQkvEmzhK
🚇Subway will run regular & increased weekday service
🚌 ~60 bus routes will run increased service
⛴️Hingham/Hull & Charlestown ferry will run limited weekday service
🚄@MBTA_CR will run increased service pic.twitter.com/kI7ILlUY4w
— MBTA (@MBTA) June 19, 2020
Parts of the Red and Green Lines will continue to be shut down due to construction projects.
The MBTA says it will continue to “closely” monitor ridership and watch out for crowding. Passengers will still be required to wear face coverings and encouraged to follow social distancing.