Plan would Short-Circuit Number 7 and Number 11 Bus Service in South Boston
BOSTON – Last week, State Senator Nick Collins testified in opposition to the MBTA’s proposed bus route changes as part of the Authority’s Better Bus Project. In particular, the Senator took issue with proposed changes the Number 7 and Number 11 buses, which would see dramatic route changes under the existing plans. Senator Collins was joined by Representative David Biele in signing a letter of opposition that was submitted to the MBTA last week.
“The proposed changes are, frankly, absurd,” said Senator Collins. “I cannot support this proposal until those route changes are scrapped.”
The proposed changes to the Number 11 bus would see the route end at Broadway Station, with the bus no longer continuing downtown via Tufts Medical Center. Commuters and those seeking the hospital’s services would instead have to transfer to the Red Line and Orange Line to complete the trip, raising concerns regarding the abilities of those with physical disabilities to access healthcare.
The Number 7 bus would continue its traditional route on Summer Street, passing by the Flynn Cruiseport, the Conley Terminal, and the Port of Boston, crossing the heavily trafficked Haul Road, before continuing past South Station, all the way through to North Station and Charlestown, doubling the current route before a return trip to South Boston. Many South Boston residents rely on the Number 7 bus for transportation to work downtown, with calls from residents to increase current Number 7 bus service.
The MBTA is currently accepting feedback from community members regarding the proposed route changes. Please voice your feedback and concerns to [email protected], or by calling (617) 222-3011