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Bus Service Improvements for South Boston

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and State Representative Nick Collins continue to press the MBTA to improve service and efficiency on bus routes in South Boston. Since public meetings held last year on bus service they have urged the MBTA to explore several recommendations to increase efficiency and reliability of buses in South Boston.

First, they have requested that the MBTA revitalize the City Point Bus Terminal on East First Street to accommodate passenger platforms and other amenities. The terminal is currently underutilized and could greatly improve system-wide service if renovated. Furthermore, easements purchased by MassPort recently provided the MBTA with $7 million which could be leveraged for these crucial improvements.
Secondly, Sen. Forry and Rep. Collins requested that the MBTA review the Number 7 Bus, including an examination of express service to South Station. In one potential new configuration, express buses would travel from the City Point Terminal down East First Street and turn onto Summer Street with stops at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and South Station, relieving congestion, reducing wait times, and improving service and reliability. “The overcrowding plus long waits for the number 7 bus are a problem and remain a top priority,” said Senator Forry. “Rep. Collins and I are working on creative solutions to allocate resources to improve MBTA service in South Boston,” she concluded.
“These improvements would have the added benefit of attracting riders to a central hub, which will relieve overcrowding at local street corners by fixing the problem at its source. We need action from the MBTA now. People can't wait any longer." said Rep. Collins

A public meeting schedule has been requested for this fall to solicit feedback from riders on service changes. This initiative is the first of a three part plan by Sen. Forry and Rep. Collins as they focus on the MBTA, MassDOT, and transportation infrastructure upgrades in South Boston. In the coming weeks the lawmakers will address plans for upgrading Kosciusko Circle and improving financial sustainability system-wide.
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