The MBTA will offer an advertising discount to Somerville businesses as mitigation for weekend closures of the Red Line, The Tufts Daily is reporting.
The Red Line has been shut down between Harvard Station and Alewife Station on weekends since November, and the weekend closures will continue until early March so the MBTA can make needed repairs. Some fear the weekend closures could impact businesses in Davis Square, where Somerville's only MBTA rail stop is located. Shuttle bus service has replaced trains during weekends.
Members of the Somerville Board of Aldermen floated the idea of asking the MBTA for an advertising discount in November, passing a resoluton on the matter.
The weekend shutdowns will "inevitably hinder the businesses in Davis Square," Alderman At-Large Bruce Desmond said at the time.
According to The Tufts Daily, the MBTA met with the Somerville Chamber of Commerce Monday to discuss the advertising discounts, and the Chamber will work on a proposal to "solicit local businesses to advertise on rail and buses," the university paper says.