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Fares at Lynn Commuter Rail Station Lowered to Zone 1A Effective May 22 through May 31

Posted on May 21, 2020

Beginning Friday, Zone 1A fares will be accepted at Lynn Station to promote additional travel options for those affected by the Blue Line shutdown and to promote social distancing efforts. 

The MBTA today announced that Zone 1A fares will temporarily be accepted at Lynn Commuter Rail Station effective tomorrow, May 22, through the end of service on Sunday, May 31. Blue Line service between Bowdoin and Airport Stations is currently being replaced with shuttle buses every day through May 31 to allow for accelerated track and harbor tunnel repair work as part of the Building a Better T program.

“For the same affordable price as a subway fare, riders can travel between Lynn Station and Downtown Boston through May 31,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “We’re offering this temporary zone change with the goal of reducing crowding and promoting social distance on buses and the Blue Line during the current service diversion, and we encourage our North Shore riders to consider the Commuter Rail to and from Lynn as a travel option instead.”

In an effort to provide additional social distancing measures as well as ease crowding onboard both area bus routes and the Blue Line, this temporary Zone 1A fare provides another travel option for riders that typically transfer to the Blue Line at Wonderland Station and additional North Shore customers affected by the temporary Blue Line shutdown who travel to and from Downtown Boston. This fare effort also allows the MBTA the opportunity to collect ridership data related to the effects of temporary fare changes on relieving crowding on bus routes and the Blue Line. 

Effective tomorrow through May 31, customers heading inbound from Lynn to North Station and outbound from North Station to Lynn need only show the conductor their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket. Monthly passes and mTickets will continue to be accepted. The MBTA will continue to closely monitor ridership levels with additional seating capacity made available on the Newburyport/Rockport Line if needed. A 1-way Zone 1A commuter rail fare is $2.40, which is the same as a CharlieCard subway fare. Bus Routes that stop at Lynn Station include Routes 426, 429, 435, 436, 441, 442, and 455. 

In compliance with the Commonwealth’s Reopening Massachusetts Report, riders are also reminded that face coverings are required while onboard MBTA service and within stations.

More on the Blue Line Work

With the goal of expediting safety and reliability improvements through a focus on core infrastructure investments, the MBTA began replacing Blue Line service between Bowdoin and Airport Stations with shuttle buses for 14 consecutive days beginning Monday, May 18, through Sunday, May 31, to allow for accelerated track and infrastructure work to take place. Previously scheduled to be accomplished through a series of weekend diversions later this year, doing the work now allows its completion 2 months sooner than previously planned and at a time when both transit ridership and traffic on the roadways that shuttle buses use is much lower than it is likely to be by the fall. 

Work accomplished during this 14-day shutdown includes: 

  • The installation of a new truck pad near Airport Station;
  • Track replacement work along the Blue Line that will remove a long-standing speed restriction between Maverick and Aquarium, effectively reducing trip times by up to 51 seconds between Airport and Maverick (1 way);
  • Harbor tunnel leak mitigation and drainage work between Maverick and Aquarium that will reduce water-/leak-related service delays, improving reliability;
  • Fire standpipe relocation between Maverick and Aquarium. 

Following track work, the MBTA typically implements speed restrictions as a safety precaution, and customers should expect these to last for several days while the T monitors the proper settlement and consolidation of new track and stone ballast. Speed restrictions are lifted once engineers have confirmed proper settlement has occurred. 

Blue Line construction is part of the MBTA’s $8 billion Building a Better T program. Building off of accelerated work in 2019 that delivered projects 2.2 years faster than originally planned, the MBTA launched its 2020 Infrastructure Acceleration Plan in February 2020, which will deliver projects 8 years faster than originally planned and will result in track replacement, upgraded intersections, and station improvements.  

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