The board that runs the MBTA today approved four extra inbound trains in the morning and four new trains in the evening along the Fairmount Line.
The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board approved a pilot, to start in May, that will also let everybody who rides the line, except for people getting on or off at Readville, use stored value or a LinkPass on a CharlieCard - which will also give them a free bus transfer. The T will install CharlieCard readers at all stations, again, except Readville, the unloved stepchild of the Fairmount Line, which the T continues to place in a separate zone than the rest of the line.
The platform validators will issue a paper proof-of-payment for customers to show the conductor when onboard the train.
The four new trains will leave Readville - where fares are $4 more per ride than a mile away at Fairmount - at roughly 5:10 a.m., 9:25 a.m., 3:05 p.m., and 3:53 p.m. on weekdays. Extra trains will leave South Station at roughly 7:35 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 6:50 p.m., and 12:00 a.m.