MBTA Reduces Service on All Lines

In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 the MBTA announced it will be reducing frequency in ser­vice to help facilitate social distancing.

“All subway and bus service will run on Satur­day schedules,” the MBTA announced in a statement. “The Blue Line will operate trains every [nine-13] min­utes. Service for the RIDE will remain unaffected during this period, and will operate as normal.”

The MBTA’s Blue Line runs through the heart of Eastie to connections in Downtown Boston.

The MBTA also said it continues to ramp up its cleaning and sanitation work in stations and across vehicles.

“We are continuing to take necessary steps to pro­tect the health and safety of riders and MBTA em­ployees with increased cleaning and sanitation at stations and on vehicles,” the statement continued. “This includes cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. All MBTA fleet vehicles (bus­es, trolleys, subway cars, commuter rail coaches, fer­ries, and RIDE vehicles) are being disinfected on a daily basis.”

The MBTA is also clean­ing and disinfecting MBTA property.

“All business locations, including the RIDE Eligi­bility Center and Charlie­Card store, are being dis­infected every 24 hours,” said the statement. “All high-contact areas at sub­way stations (handrails, fare gates, and fare vending ma­chines) are being cleaned every hours.”

The MBTA is also add­ing more sanitation equip­ment like hand-sanitizing dispensers, disinfectant wipes and cleaning sprays. These will be deployed at MBTA facilities and sta­tions throughout the sys­tem.

The MBTA is also en­couraging all riders to:

• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

• Cover coughs and sneezes in elbows.

• Stay home if sick.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

• Clean areas that are frequently touched with sanitizing spray or wipes.

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