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MBTA says cuts to subway and bus service will take effect March 14. Here’s what changes.

Three of the four subway lines will see a 20 percent reduction in service.

MBTA Green line passengers with masks on a weekday morning during COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

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After implementing the first of its planned cuts to commuter rail and ferry service due to the COVID-19 pandemic in January, the MBTA is moving forward with additional service reductions to its core system later this month.

The agency announced Friday that cuts to subway and bus service will take effect next Sunday, March 14, as part of its plan to save money following the drastic drop in ridership during the pandemic.

State officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker, have defended the unpopular and controversial cuts, which were scaled back slightly from the agency’s original plan but take affect ahead of plans to reopen schools and further ease other COVID-19 restrictions. The MBTA recently received several million dollars in additional federal relief funds, but plans to use the vast majority of the money to cover capital investments and fill other budget holes created by the pandemic.

T officials say they plan to bring back service as ridership increases and that the changes are intended to prioritize service for communities that most depend on public transit.

Here’s a look at the changes on March 14:

Subway service:

  • No changes in the hours of operation or any elimination or consolidation of any subway routes.
  • Around a 20 percent service reduction on the RedOrange, and Green Lines.
    • Officials the cuts would equate to average waits of five-and-a-half minutes between trains on the Red Line during rush hour, eight-and-a-half minute rush hour headways on the Orange Line, and nine-and-a-half minute rush hour headways on the Green Line.
  • Up to a 5 percent service reduction on the Blue Line, which has seen higher ridership than the other lines during the pandemic.

Bus service changes:

Suspended routes:

  • 18 — recommended alternative service: Red Line
  • 52 — recommended alternative service: Seek alternate service with the MBTA’s trip planner
  • 55 — recommended alternative service: Routes 8, 19, 60, 65, and/or the Green Line
  • 68 — recommended alternative service: Routes 64, 69, or the Red Line
  • 79 — recommended alternative service: Red Line and/or Route 77
  • 212 — recommended alternative service: Route 217 service operates via Billings Rd
  • 221 — recommended alternative service: Routes 220 or 222
  • 465 — recommended alternative service: Seek alternate service with the MBTA’s trip planner
  • 710 — recommended alternative service: Routes 99, 100, 101, or 134

Consolidated routes:

  • 24 — Extended to Ashmont, replaces Route 27
  • 27 — Replaced by Route 24 at all stops and times of day
  • 136 — Replaced by a modified Route 137
  • 137 — Serves Oak Grove between 7-9 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. on weekdays, running in a one-way loop around Lake Quannapowitt. Serves Malden Center at all other times.
  • 214/216 — Nearly all service on Routes 214 and 216 is combined to serve both Germantown and Hough’s Neck.
  • 217 — Operates via Billings Road only. Weekday schedule changes throughout the day.

Routes with increased frequency:

  • Route 236 will have more service throughout the day

Routes with decreased frequency:

  • 10 —Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 11 — Weekday frequency decreases in the morning and afternoon
  • 21 — Weekday frequency decreases in the midday
  • 29 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 31 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 39 — Weekday frequency decreases in the midday and late evening
  • 47 — Weekday frequency decreases in the peak. Short trips between Central Square and Longwood are suspended.
  • 61 — Weekday frequency decreases in the morning and afternoon
  • 71 — Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 73 — Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 77 — Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 89 —Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 93 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 96 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 101 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 112 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day
  • 134 — Short trips between Playstead Road and Wellington only operate after 7:00 PM
  • 220 — Weekday frequency decreases in the morning and afternoon
  • 222 — Weekday frequency decreases in the morning, afternoon, and evening
  • 225 — Short trips between Shaw Street and Quincy Center no longer operate
  • 501 — Weekday frequency decreases in the morning, afternoon, and evening
  • 504 — Weekday frequency decreases in the morning, afternoon, and evening

Routes with periods of both increased frequency and decreased frequency:

  • 1 — Weekday frequency increases in the midday and decreases in the morning, afternoon, and evening
  • 16 — Weekday frequency increases between Andrew and Forest Hills and decreases between UMass and Andrew throughout the day
  • 32 — Weekday frequency decreases throughout the day. All trips operate to/from Wolcott Square
  • 57 — Weekday frequency increases in the afternoon and decreases throughout the rest of the day
  • 70 — Weekday frequency increases in the midday and decreases in the morning and afternoon

More details on other bus service changes, including routes with hours reductions and trip changes, are on the MBTA’s website.

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