Guessing it might be sarcasm on atholrail's part. ED-8/9 generally reduced transit times for EDPO/POED by handling Gardner, Fitchburg, and Ayer business. Hopefully, EDPO/POED will run through Ayer, using Fitchburg as the drop/pickup point for Ayers. With EDPO/POED working Gardner and Ayer, that'll add 2-3 hours to a trip, and even more unproductive crew time will be expended in cabs, half of which will come outta the Pony's pockets.
Given the large sizeof some recent ED-9s, abolishing it seems -- at least to this mere mortal civilian -- puzzling.