Residents May Weigh in on Proposed MBTA Commuter Rail Cuts During Online Hearing Tuesday

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Residents have an opportunity to weigh in on proposed commuter rail cuts during an online hearing tomorrow night.

What the MBTA calls it “Forging Ahead Public Meeting” for the Merrimack Valley takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 1, via the online platform Zoom.

The meeting is the last chance for residents to offer feedback on proposed service cuts ahead of a final vote scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7. The meeting focuses on bus and commuter rail service in area communities, including Andover, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, North Andover and West Newbury.

Haverhill, at the urging of Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua, plans to formally oppose cuts in MBTA train service to Boston after the councilor said service reductions would cause significant problems for residents.

The MBTA said earlier this month that changes are needed to stem losses and “match service to new ridership patterns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Proposed rail service changes include no evening service after 9 p.m., no weekend service, decreased weekday peak service and some midday service, among other changes.

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