Faculty Advisor

Clark, Constance

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill


The commuter rail is more than just another means of transportation. It allows for interconnectivity between cities expanding employment diversity, education, and leisure. The MBTA’s services provide numerous economic and social benefits to the communities it serves and the Commonwealth. The MBTA is dealing with a financial deficit and rider protest to proposed solutions. For this project, surveys were conducted on riders to test the hypothesis that the MBTA’s proposed service cuts and fare increases would cause adverse economic and social effects as well as a decrease in ridership numbers. A critique of proposed short-term solutions is given and data of the sort that might influence future MBTA decisions is presented.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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