1.6 min readBy Published On: May 4th, 2022Categories: News17 Comments

Deja vu all over again…

Southie is the line capital of the city.  From our wildly popular restaurants, to our supermarket+ drug store, and even the #7 rush hour bus stop.

This past March, we posted a line at L + Broadway that stretched half-way up the block – a sign that the workforce was returning to the office.  No this line at L + Broadway is commonplace and has been for quite some time.

This line at L + Broadway (above) was captured on Wednesday morning. It basically stretches all the way up the block to M Street.

For several years (yes, years), South Boston residents have been asking for a solution to our bus “situation.”  With lots more development on the rise, plus more people moving into the neighborhood, thanks to the creation of new office buildings in the Seaport, what’s a neighborhood to do? Evidently, get in line and wait for the next bus you can board.

There have been numerous MBTA bus meetings and statements from local politicians over the past several yes but there doesn’t seem to be a solution on the horizon.  Could an express #7 help? Senator Nick Collins thinks so.  A dedicated express bus/bike lane on L/Summer Street has also been thrown out there as a potential solution.

 The Better Bus Program was announced by the MBTA over a year ago – ironically the #7 was not even included the system-wide bus planning initiative. 

The neighborhood deserve a better bus system and we need it like yesterday. Enough is enough.

Also, on a side note, it’s interesting that L + Broadway is the only bus stop where commuters line up in a queue.

Also – the MBTA installed a bus shelter on East Broadway between M + N so I guess that’s something.  (Thanks Paul for the image!)

 

17 Comments

  1. Kevin Conroy May 4, 2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I guess there needs to be more meetings. (smirk)

  2. Kevin B Conroy May 4, 2022 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I guess there needs to be more meetings. (smirk)

    • Lee Thomas May 5, 2022 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Who is “ they “ ?

  3. Liz May 4, 2022 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    No they need to alter their work schedules – they won’t show up for those either

  4. Tom Greenleaf May 4, 2022 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Imagine if it was free

  5. Gwen twitty May 5, 2022 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I don’t. Live in Southie anymore . Moved years ago. Just trying to see what’s going on in my home town.

  6. Ellie Stafford May 5, 2022 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I’m retired 20 years I took the #7 bus to downtown everyday and there were problems then, nothing has changed. So what are they doing???

  7. Ellie Adams May 5, 2022 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I also took the #7 years ago and the service was awful. Called the T everyday to no avail. At least I didn’t have to stand in line.

  8. Sandra York May 5, 2022 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Guess folks are constantly late for work !

  9. Charlie Keating May 5, 2022 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Right here, phone number and email. flood these. send this story. do it everyday. Call the Media, make some noise play the game, politeness don’t work. Just saying. https://www.boston.gov/departments/mayors-office

  10. Louise Baxter May 5, 2022 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    The T has a new bus network design coming up meeting may 19th 5:30 pm zoom new map of plan will be available on their website starting May 16th www.mbta.com for meeting scroll down to upcoming events look carefully it’s easy to miss

  11. Linda Lynch May 6, 2022 at 8:18 am - Reply

    The bus shelter is between N & M Sts. I have many times, seen 2-3 #7 busses in a row going down Broadway, before covid. So the T has listened, they have put more #7 busses and #9’s. I just think there are too many people who moved in and work downtown. Dedicating a lane just for busses now will hurt the commuters in cars and those who live in South Boston who need that lane. It will make traffic worse and I personally think it is a bad idea to have a dedicated bus line. That is not the answer.

  12. Bill May 6, 2022 at 11:26 am - Reply

    The T needs double decker buses. Nothing in the way to interfere with the route from Southie to South Station.
    Think outside the box !

    • nope May 9, 2022 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Bad idea, then buses will just have to wait longer at each stop in order to get a rider in the back / top of the bus off the bus delaying things even more. the MBTA is switching to all electric buses anyway, meaning those buses are already on order.

  13. Paul McCormack May 6, 2022 at 11:39 am - Reply

    YW–and I think the line works at L only because there’s only one bus (7) that stops there so everyone there is getting on the same bus. Not so at the others – don’t think it would work quite as well

  14. BPDAForever May 8, 2022 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Rickshaws are the solution. We have the bike lanes and plenty of gig worker serfs to fill the jobs.

  15. Edwina Boose May 8, 2022 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I have suggested for several years that they have a new bus that goes the length of First St, to D st and over to Seaport.

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