1.3 min readBy Published On: October 12th, 2022Categories: News7 Comments

By now we’re used to seeing lines forming at the intersection of L and Broadway for the #7.  It’s becoming commonplace to see dozens of commuters waiting between the hours of 8am-9am but on Wednesday, there was a line before the sun rose.

We sound like a broken record, but this is ridiculous.  We deserve better bus service in Southie.

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. 

Back in May, officials from the MassDOT and the MBTA launched the MBTA’s new draft network map as part of Bus Network Redesign.  It was revealed that there would be some changes to the #7, #10 and #11. And the neighborhood went nuts.

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

7 Comments

  1. Joe cook October 12, 2022 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Stop promoting developers over community we have obviously gone beyond a saturation point .
    Good planners and politicians are proactive not reactive !

    • Maureen Dahill October 12, 2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

      How is this post promoting developers? And whether you like it or not, the community wants to know about development. It’s not “promoting it” it’s informing the neighborhood.

  2. Joe cook October 13, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    My comment was about the continuous advertisement of properties that are being sold . But business is business and the community as we once knew it maureen is sadly gone . But I just wish there was a little more pride in preserving the community as we now know it . It’s just sad that’s all .
    Have a great day maureen thanks for keeping us informed 🇮🇪☘️
    Meanwhile I’ll hold the high grounds on the heights and look out for southie kids via the Timothy Doc Cook Scholarship

    • Maureen Dahill October 13, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      yes, we are a business. That’s one of the ways we are able to stay afloat and keep the neighborhood informed and entertained. Without advertisers, we wouldn’t be able to do it! Unfortunately, the old neighborhood has been gone for quite some time. But there are some of us still here! Do you live here still?

  3. Nancy Menjin October 13, 2022 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    The problem isn’t L street/summer street. I’m on that bus every day. It flys down L into town. I think the line is there because there is no stop at M street anymore. All those people are a combination of 2 bus stops plus all the people on other side of L street. People from H I and K have to go there as their closest bus stop to go to South Station

  4. Linda Lynch October 14, 2022 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I agree with Nancy Menjin. That line is partially caused by the stop being removed from M St. (due to a couple of loud people, originally from South Boston) who complained about the bus stop and they didn’t want to hear it stopping and idling any longer).

  5. Koz October 16, 2022 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Southie residents pay a disproportionate amount of city property taxes. We deserve better bus service for our young professionals. Mayor Wu campaigned on free the “T”. Genius move considering the T is fiscally broke and so is it’s antiquated equipment. Wu was in DC last week attending senate hearings conducted by Hiawatha Warren her law school professor. Hypocrisy at its finest ! Baker had 8 years to fix the T but did nothing. Is that Lameduck gone yet? Southie local elected officials have an inability to effectuate change. Maybe it’s time to change them? Elections matter Go Vote in November. ,maybe it’s time for Maureen to run !!!

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