Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Proposed MBTA Cuts Will Affect 31 Million Riders - Please Give Your Input!

I've been reading about it for months, and now the time is actually here. The MBTA has finally decided to do something about it's huge deficit: and guess what? It's solution is to pass the burden to the riders (shocker). My bus is currently on the chopping block, as if my commute on this hardly reliable, infrequent bus wasn't hard enough. The following list represents all buses that will be TOTALLY ELIMINATED if this scenario is enacted:

Bye, bye 62 - guess I'll just 
start sleeping at my desk.
Scenario 2: Route Eliminations (31.0 million annual trips):
Eliminate Routes (all days): 4, 5, 14, 18, 27, 29, 33, 37, 38, 40, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 52, 55, 59, 60,
62, 64, 67, 68, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 85, 90, 92, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 105, 106, 108, 112, 119, 120,
121, 131, 132, 136, 137, 170, 171, 201, 202, 210, 211, 212, 215, 217, 230, 236, 238, 240, 245, 275,
276, 277, 325, 326, 350, 351, 352, 354, 355, 411, 424, 428, 429, 430, 431, 434, 435, 436, 439, 441,
448, 449, 451, 456, 459, 465, 468, 500, 501, 502, 503, 505, 553, 554, 555, 556, 558, CT3, and all
Private Carrier and Suburban Bus Routes
Route Revisions:
- Cut 34E back to Walpole
- Cut 70A segment
- Cut 134 back to West Medford
- Combine 214 and 216
- Cut 220, 221, and 222 back to Bicknell Sq.
- Cut 225 back to Weymouth Landing
- Cut 426, 442, 450, and 455 to Wonderland

So I sent the following email to the MBTA, and urge you to do the same if you are a commuter dependent on public transportation.

As we near the MBTA's proposals being implemented into reality, I need to send you my input in regards to Scenario 2. 

Alewife Busway: Where the bus may or may not 
be there in the AM. Also great hangouts for smokers 
and the homeless! 
I am a recent college graduate who has secured a job in Lexington, MA - right off of the 62 Bus Route. Because of my student loans, rent, and low income, I cannot afford a car - and up until now, haven't needed one, as public transportation is a huge part of my daily life. I've ridden the T every day since moving to Boston in '06 to go to college - from the Green Line, the 47 Bus, and now the Red Line from Davis Square. As if it's not hard enough trying to save for my future, implementing these cuts with such great impact on me and nearly 31 million other riders on their daily route - to me - is unacceptable.

In enacting scenario 2, you are in essence saying that you don't care about what will happen to these 31 million people. How will they get to work every day? Are you going to find them new jobs when they are replaced with more well-off people who have cars by their employers? What about when your massive deficit is closed after this scenario has passed: who will now ride your buses? No one. They'll be out of work, at home, and somehow adjusting to a limited mobility life. Some of us simply cannot afford an average $600 monthly cost of owning a vehicle.

Cut back service to morning and evening buses only so that people can at least get to work and get home at night. For the economy's sake, for the sake of my already difficult daily commute and financial struggle, DO NOT pass these "cost saving measures" - because I can assure you, you'll ultimately be the one paying the price when your deficit has closed. 

Ashley Osgood, 
#62 Bus Rider and Monthly Pass Holder


Dear Ashley,

Thank you for your comments on the proposed fare and service changes for the MBTA.

We have reviewed your comments regarding Route 62 bus service. Due to lower ridership and a relatively high cost per passenger trip, Scenario 2 has proposed to eliminate Route 62 service entirely, as you are aware. We recognize the impact of these proposed service changes.  

Photo Credit: MBTA Jonathan R. Davis, Left
Your comments will be considered as we determine the final proposal for fare and service changes. We also welcome you to attend one of the numerous upcoming public meetings on fare and service changes. For meeting times, locations, and updates on proposed fare and service changes, please visit

Jonathan R. Davis
General Manager

There's only one month left to give them your input. Here is the contact information to contact the MBTA directly and tell them what you think - don't let them force us out of our lives!

Phone: 617-222-3200

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