By: Carol Britton Meyer
The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board took a formal vote on proposed service cuts late Monday afternoon following a four-hour meeting as follows:
* The Hingham-Hull ferry will be maintained but at reduced levels of service (more details later). Direct ferry service between Hingham and Boston will be suspended. These service changes will go into effect by late January 2021.
* The Greenbush commuter train will run weekdays until 9 p.m., at a reduced frequency -- with an emphasis on peak runs -- with the elimination of weekend service starting in March 2021. In addition, the commuter rail will run at a reduced winter schedule starting in late January 2021.
* The 714 bus service that runs between Pemberton Point, Hull, and Station Street, Hingham will be maintained. Service levels will be reduced starting next March.
The Board also voted to revisit ridership by March 15, 2021 to consider whether service levels could be restored.
Sen. Patrick O'Connor said in a Facebook post, "the overwhelming feedback from those on the South Shore had a direct impact on the adjustments made by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board. Thank you to those who spoke up and to the MBTA's FMCB for listening to us."