First it was State Rep. Nick Collins taking notice of the dreadful bus situation in Southie and now City Councilor Michael Flaherty going to bat.
Part of the big package to lure General Electric to Boston was the promise of a helipad in the neighborhood. The Boston Herald reported City Councilor (and Southie resident) Michael Flaherty has been in discussion with officials regarding the proposal of a floating helipad. But before it’s decided where this floating helipad will go, Flaherty wants to make sure the community that would be impacted by flying copters will be part of the conversation. He also went on say that the City and State have a bigger fish to fry when it comes to transportation and maybe worrying about GE’s helipad is not as urgent as say Southie’s major transportation issue.
Last week on the Herald radio, Flaherty brought up the Southie bus plight and how the MBTA and Transportation Department need to address this quality of life issue and address it right now. “You have young professionals walking four or five bus stops before their bus stop just to be lucky enough to get on,” Flaherty said. “Forget about getting a seat. When three or four buses go by that are full, they are looking at the clock and then Uber and Lyft descend on the neighborhood just to get these young kids to work. Some people are on the verge of losing their jobs,” he added. “This is a real concern and somewhat of an emergency.”
Let’s keep putting the pressure on!