The MBTA is struggling right now. The Red Line is broken. The limited train and bus service that is being offered is delayed and overcrowded. In Southie, the unshoveled bus stops are jammed packed with commuters that wait in lines or small crowds for the the elusive bus. An emergency snow route has been put into place where the 7, 9, and 10 should be coming down East Broadway instead of East Fourth. Sometimes the buses come down East Broadway, while other buses come down East Fourth causing panic and even more stress to commuters.
Once on the bus, commuters are faced with traffic nightmare where walking would be a faster alternative. Due to reports of the MBTA’s woes, many people are taking their cars to commute into work which is clogging up the streets narrowed by snow mounds. Uber’s prices are also surging due to high demand. So walking in frigid temperatures seems to be the quickest and cheapest mode of transportation.
Here are some tweets we received from Tuesday morning’s commute:
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry’s office is reaching out to the MBTA to solve the issue of the buses on East Broadway vs. East Fourth. One of Forry’s aids is a Southie resident that takes the #7 and found Tuesday’s commute “rough.”
Hang in there, Southie! Be patient and take a deep breath. We promise spring is on the way! A petition has been created for much needed funding for improvements for a safe and reliable MBTA – http://t4ma.nationbuilder.com/ma_transit_future – Check it out!