After a winter of discontent for commuters throughout Greater Boston, the T is offering free service for all riders on Friday.
Delays to MBTA service became commonplace during this winter’s historic amount of snow – more than eight feet was dumped on Boston in about a month. The problems triggered a special panel review of the agency; Gov. Charlie Baker is in the midst of an attempt to revamp the management of the controversy-plagued industry.
Now, the T is trying to atone for its mistakes. Offering free service for a day will cost the agency an estimated $5 million, reports Boston Magazine.
In addition to the T being free on Friday, the MBTA is offering 15 percent discounts on weekly and monthly passes for the month of May “to show appreciation for customers choosing to take the T.”
The T is also partnering with various cultural and retail groups that will offer one day deals and discounts.
The partners are:
-Fenway Park Tours
-Franklin Park Zoo
-The Freedom Trail
-Museum of Fine Arts
-Museum of Science
-New England Aquarum
-Edward M. Kennedy Institute
-John F. Kennedy Library
-Rose F. Kennedy Greenway
-Uno Due Go
-Yawkey Way Store
“I hope to see a lot of people take advantage of this unique opportunity to use the MBTA free of charge,” said Secretary of Transportation and MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack in a statement. “We have partnered with our friends in the business community to offer T users some affordable and entertaining activities throughout the region.”