Two recent presentations by the MBTA show good progress towards future improvements:
A recent comprehensive study of the Red Line indicated that a new vehicles, signal upgrades and operations improvements could result in major service improvements and an increase in system throughput, effectively increasing capacity.
AFC 2.0 will be a completely new fare collection technology and replace the existing Charlie Card System. The new system will eliminate on board cash fare payments and facilitate all door boarding on the bus and Green Line system, significantly reducing dwell time and resulting in better service. To facilitate the elimination of cash an expanded retail and vending network will be available to add money to accounts. This contract will be awarded in 2017.
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger