MBTA considering options to compensate riders who have struggled through weeks of snow delays

Associated Press

The Boston-area's public transit system is considering compensating customers for storm-related delays.

Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Davis of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says options include a week of free fares, which would cost the MBTA about $6 million.

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Other options include rebates for monthly pass holders or letting those customers use them for another month.

The options were presented Tuesday to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's finance committee. The full MassDOT board is expected to decide next week whether to approve any of the plans.

Davis also said the T's estimated cost for winter storm cleanup was about $40 million.

Some of that could be covered by insurance or federal disaster funds.

MBTA riders have faced a transit nightmare as the region has struggled with an unprecedented amount of snow in recent weeks.