Could it be? Could Southie see an Express #7 bus? Last week, Senator Nick Collins filed several bills to address Southie’s transportation woes including one key piece of legislation to force the MBTA to start a limited stop #7 Express bus route. The route would leave City Point for South Station bypassing a significant section of Summer Street instead using East and West First Streets and D Street during peak hours.
Way back in 2014, Collins began calling for this express service hen he was a state representative, after 4 years of letters, hearings and meetings requesting this service, no action by the MBTA has been taken on the express service – or really anything at all. Recently, the MBTA announced they were starting over when it comes to improving bus service in the neighborhood by rolling it into the system wide bus planning initiative: the Better Buses Program.
Via press release from Collins’ office:
“Over the last 4 years I have tried to work with MBTA leadership to move an agenda that will improve bus service in South Boston for commuters. But the community can’t wait anymore.
Introducing the #7 express bus I have been calling for for 4 years is a no brainer for the T, since we got them to build out City Point Bus Terminal to allow for passenger pickup and drop off.
A #7 express bus would bring faster, more reliable bus service for thousands of morning commuters who can’t rely on bus service today. We need to meet the unmet demands we currently have today not plan new developments that would overburden an already maxed out system. That is why I filed this legislation and will be working hard to see it become MBTA policy. We need these changes now to even attempt to keep up with demand but it does come close to addressing future strains that overdevelopment will put on the system,” said Collins via statement.
It’s a start! What do you think Southie?