MBTA could cut weekend commuter rail service

05-15-14, Gloucester, MA:  Rockport bound MBTA commuter rail train crosses bridge over the Annisquam River in Gloucester, Mass. May 15, 2014.

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An MBTA commuter rail train in Gloucester in May 2014. –John Blanding / The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is proposing to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service and thousands of door-to-door rides for disabled passengers for a year, part of a series of cost-cutting moves to close a $42 million budget deficit.

MBTA officials are slated to present the proposals to its oversight board at Monday’s weekly meeting. The cuts could potentially take effect in July and last for a fiscal year, but the MBTA’s fiscal and management control board could choose to reject or change all of the proposals.

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