February 19, 2017

Editorial: Attention, passengers

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Union Station

Sun Staff/Worcester Sun

Where's my train? If you're staring down the tracks at Union Station, you may need a new schedule soon.

On the commuter rail front, a setback: Officials plan to add stops to the Heart to Hub’s evening run from Boston to Worcester, beginning in May.

And things aren’t looking any better over on the bus front. The WRTA is contemplating fare increases as part of a plan to counteract a deep budget deficit.

Neither move is a giant jolt to the system, and neither came out of nowhere. But they are important disappointments in a city that has been working long and hard to bring its infrastructure up to speed with the future.

Worcester’s public-transportation picture has made enormous progress over the last few years. And any system this complicated will experience problems and changes. But these two glitches are more than just a call to the handyman for tweaks and patch-ups. They’re warnings.

The moves tighten the screws on Worcester commuters and officials to do more to ensure that Worcester’s public-transportation groundwork and goals continue in the right direction.

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