Commuters who rely on the Red Line to get to work and home are calling for more action, transparency and spending by the MBTA to prevent future delays and derailments.

“They’ve got to spend more money,” said Kathy Matasy, 69, of Dorchester. “My daughter said it took two hours to get from Ashmont to Broadway. She was trying to get to Copley and gave up.”

Vance Koven, 70, of Dorchester said the Red Line needs to become “the flagship line” that it was in the past.

“I don’t care how they get it fixed. Maybe more money on the less sexy stuff instead of opening new stops,” Koven said.

Arnie Heynen, 55, a neuroscientist at MIT, said he had to take the Providence Commuter Rail to navigate the Red Line rather than taking the Quincy Adams or Braintree stop, which made him an hour late for work.

“It’s very disappointing. It’s a lot of lip service rather than commuter service,” Heynen said of the MBTA.

“I think they have to be better prepared for situations like this and they’re not,” Heynen said, adding that he has no confidence at all in the T.

Some avoided the Red Line entirely.

P.J. Lidonde, 23, of South Boston, who paid $35 just to get down to the Financial District from home, said he was “lucky enough” to hear about the delays prior, as did Tiesha Jones, 37, of Roslindale, who took the Commuter Rail into work.

Jones said her confidence in the T is “not great.”

“I wish I could just drive,” she said, “and they’re going to raise the prices … inconvenience doesn’t go with the price.”

Others were more optimistic about the future of the Red Line, including Christopher Kane, 59, of Somerville, who said he “has no choice” but to take the T.

“I lived through the winter of 2015,” Kane said. “I know it will get better as the days go by.”

Source: www.bostonherald.com

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