Boston, MA– We're all too familiar with that "T" smell. It's a distinct combination of urine, garbage, and general filth. We also know that our fares keep increasing. Now, it seems, the MBTA plans to do something with those funds that will hopefully make the ride more pleasant.
Starting April 1st, the T will be conducting cleaning effort to some of their busiest and dirtiest stations, which include Downtown Crossing, Ashmont, Back Bay, Dudley and JFK/UMass.
According to the Boston Herald, crews will carry out a “short-term blitz” over the next six months to paint the stations, fix signs, patch leaks and power-wash away the grime in what the T hopes will lay the groundwork for a more consistent cleaning process.
“We’re really hopeful that we’re going to have a bigger discussion of continuing this program onward,” Gonneville said Monday after a Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting, and T officials said they hope to spin some parts of this program into the normal maintenance of stations.
This apparently will just be the tip of the iceberg, with $65 million worth of station improvements supposedly coming this summer.
All of this comes after a recent report found that Boston ranked #4 in terms of the percentage of people who ride public transportation to get to work, with 13% of residents using public transport on their commute. The New York-Newark-Jersey City area blew away all other major cities with a staggering 31% of their population who ride public transportation to get to work. To put that number in perspective, the next highest major city was San Fransico-Oakland-Hayward, with 16.84%.
Just over 60% of our Boston-Cambridge-Newton area commute to work by driving only. Around 10% carpool, around 5% take the bus, and around 8% have the joy of being able to walk to work.
With all that said, it's a bit surprising we rank so high in our percentage of people who take the T, considering the sad state of our transportation system at the current moment. The $25 million pledged for a spring cleaning is very much welcomed, but we have our eyes set on the summer's proposed $65 million to have some lasting effects on the way we get to work.
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