written by Peter Gailunas
Why is it that South Boston has huge bus stops and the bus drivers refuse to pull into them? Nothing is more annoying than being behind a bus and it stays in the lane of traffic to let passengers on or off thus causing more traffic. Pull into the bus stops!
Why don’t we have more buses running during rush hour? We’ve all seen the gaggles of commuters waiting 30-50 deep at each bus stop in the morning. Sometimes it’s double the amount if a #7 or #9 is late or missing altogether. I’ve even witnessed a mass of commuters walking armageddon-style to bus stops blocks away trying to get ahead of the game. It’s survival of the fittest and if you have to walk to P Street to get on the bus, you’ll do what’s needed to be done.
And have you seen how packed these buses get? I take the #9 at 6:30 in the morning before the rush. I always get a seat and it’s usually filled with Boston Latin School and Latin Academy students . But after 7:00, it’s a whole different ballgame. The buses get so packed that it’s got to be a safety violation. Commuters are all but pressed against the front windshield. Little yellow line that you should stand behind? Forget that. All rules are off when you are trying to get to work on time. The buses leave from the barn on First Street and are usually full to capacity before L Street. We need more buses!
Late night T service with the City of Boston – but not for Southie. Mayor Marty Walsh announced starting in March, the T and select bus routes will stay open until 3am on the weekends. Sound great, right? It does – but not for Southie. None of the bus routes in South Boston will be running late. It’s just walking or Uber for you, Southie. Was there a meeting to discuss the routes that would run late? Did Southie’s #9 or #7 even get tossed out there for consideration? It’s not like South Boston is packed with bars, restaurants and young people in their 20’s. We need at least one bus route to run late!
Why can’t you park at the bus stops at night? Parking in South Boston is an absolute nightmare. Every day it gets worse and it’s going to continue to get worse with each condo complex that is built. Let’s start thinking outside the box when it comes to creating more parking spots, like say, the giant bus stops that aren’t used at all. You could probably park at least two to three cars in the bus stop. A sign could be posted stating that you must move your car before 7am or it will be towed. I would gladly set my alarm and run to move my car at 7am instead of driving around at night for an hour looking for a spot. As to the State’s claim that parking in a bus stop is a public safety issue, I’m calling bullshit. After a storm, snow is plowed into the bus stop and not cleared until it melts. That doesn’t sound safe to me. We should be able to park at the bus stops overnight!
Make bus stops smaller. Why does a bus stop need to be 40 ft. long? The drivers aren’t pulling into them in the first place, so let’s make them no more than 6 ft. long thereby creating more parking spots. Bus stops should be smaller. Better yet, elimate every other bus stop!
That’s all for now. That’s my Southie rant of the week. Keep on keeping on, Southie!