MBTA extends arrival times at stations due to staff shortages – NBC Boston

The MBTA has announced extended wait times at Blue, Orange and Red line stations.

Blue Line trains are expected to arrive at stations every seven minutes compared to the previous five.

The orange line will run every 10 minutes in the morning and 11 minutes in the evening compared to the previous seven minutes.

Larger changes to arrival times will affect the red line. The MBTA expects arrival times at Ashmont and Braintree stations to range from 10 minutes to 15 minutes, and arrival times to Alewife and JFK/UMass stations to range from six minutes to eight minutes.

The MBTA says these arrival changes will remain in place until the transport authority can increase the number of dispatchers on staff, which they say they have attempted with an aggressive recruitment drive.

There are some, however, who don’t think the state government’s response shows an aggressive attempt to address the problem, such as John Ostroff, a member of the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition.

“It’s a huge concern and we really believe that the governor and legislative leaders are not prioritizing transit investments at the level they should be,” Ostroff said. “We only see the results of this now, when the feds get involved. It shouldn’t come to this.”

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