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MBTA GM Steve Poftak Answers Listener Questions On Pandemic Service Cuts48:03
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An outbound MBTA Blue Line train on its way to Orient Heights Station in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An outbound MBTA Blue Line train on its way to Orient Heights Station in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for Dec. 3. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Facing a severe budget shortfall, the MBTA has already announced significant service cuts and multiple station closures for next year. We talk with MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak about the agency's short-term and long-term plans, and how he's thinking about the balance between addressing budget gaps and providing public service.
  • On Wednesday, Massachusetts broke its single-day record, reporting more than 4,600 new COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth may be getting its first vaccine doses in less than two weeks. We talk with Dr. David Rosman, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society about how the state is handling the second surge and how it is preparing for vaccine distribution.
  • We discuss the state's vaccine distribution plan and take listener calls with Dr. Paul Biddinger, head of the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. The group is helping Massachusetts develop its statewide plan, which must be submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Friday.

This program aired on December 3, 2020.

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