MBTA considers scrapping weekend commuter rail service

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BOSTON — In their latest effort to slash operating costs, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials are considering a cut to weekend commuter rail service for one year, Boston media report.

While the commonwealth's legislature would need to approve long-term service cuts, board members representing the agency’s fiscal and management control board say slashing weekend service could help close a $42-million budget deficit, the Boston Globe reports.

Stephanie Pollack, the commonwealth’s transportation secretary, says cost cuts are needed to balance the budget and invest money in other areas of the agency.

If approved, the proposed cuts would take effect in July and would last for one year.

The idea to cut weekend service follows a March 3 article by the Boston Globe in which the newspaper reported that more than a quarter of MBTA employees were paid more than $100,000 in 2016. Between 1,800 and 1,900 of the agency’s more than 7,200 workers made at least $100,000, according to the newspaper.

In 2016, the agency’s total payroll was about $563 million, according to the article.

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