Given all the media hype about the Swine Flu and Vice President Biden's somewhat suspect comments about not taking public transportation (which really isn't an option for the majority of us), the MBTA is ramping up their cleaning efforts of buses, trains and stations. According to an email from T General Manager Daniel Grabauskas, “The MBTA has directed its cleaning crews to give special attention to places such as seats, hand rails on escalators and grab bars on subway cars and buses."
Yesterday at Union Station in Worcester, a transportation forum was sponsored by The Research Bureau and attended by Dan Grabauskas, James Aloisi and Lt. Governor Tim Murray, among others. Topics of interest at the forum included:
- Expanding rail service via a commuter rail route that would take passengers from Worcester to Boston through Clinton and Ayer
- CSX moving its Allston rail yard to a location in Central Massachusetts
- A pending agreement with the T’s union employees, reducing the agency’s generous benefits system and saving millions of dollars