Back in the Globe today:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/ ... story.html
$30 million shortage (ESTIMATE) annually in fare collection on the Commuter rail, much of which is because:
Commuter rail fares are currently collected by conductors during the trip. The MBTA estimates it loses as much as $30 million a year when collectors run out of time — or give up trying — to check tickets
So let me ask, if they hired 60 more conductors (assume $100K/year salary + benefits?) at $6,000,000/year, that should be enough to collect a good chunk of that money, PLUS give folks good jobs PLUS improve safety on the trains PLUS improve customer service on the train with more doors getting opened?
I had to take the CR to Boston this week and must say I was pleased not to have to pay one morning as the conductor walked by me with my cash in my hand. Made up partially for the $2.25 I spent for my Green Line trip 2 weeks ago that ended up with a walk thru the tunnels, a $15 dry cleaning bill, and a $20 cab ride! 4 more "free rides" will make me whole!