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What do you think of the MBTA’s plan to suspend commuter rail service on weekends? Planners at the regional transit agency predict a $579 million budget shortfall next year, which they aim to offset by cuts to bus lines, subways, ferries and the commuter rail. Among the steps being weighted by agency’s Fiscal Management and Control Board is stopping rail service on Saturdays and Sundays, stopping trains after 9 p.m. during the week, and rolling back the overall number of trains by 15%. Ridership has plummeted due to the pandemic; the commuter rail has lost more than 85% of its pre- COVID-19 riders. And T leaders say services will be restored as riders return, though changing commuting patterns may mean new train schedules in the long run. What do you think? Are the cuts warranted, or should the MBTA look elsewhere for savings?

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