The MBTA Came But The Residents Did Not

Did the high winds, bitter cold and no parking contribute to a sparsely attended public meeting to preview and receive feedback from the planned and soon to be implemented, upon approval, bus route changes in South Boston? The meeting was held at the Tynan Community Center this past Monday and the MBTA was well represented ready to get to work. This meeting was also an opportunity to discuss and give feedback on the proposed fare hike and automated Fare Collection 2.0. Despite the clamor of residents and the photos of long rush hour lines of commuters at many of the neighborhood’s bus stops, a handful of residents took the time to be present, meet and listen to MBTA General Manager, Steve Poftak, and his team of administrators from the Authority. The presentation given was a high-quality charrette with detailed data on ridership and points of traffic congestion along routes 9, 10, 5 and 7. The information was presented in an open house style with informational sheets on each bus route which contained the proposed changes and trade-offs. The comment period for feedback on Better Bus Project will close on March 13, 2019. You can submit comments online at If the changes are approved, the effective date is September 1, 2019.

Representative David Biele was in attendance listening to the residents who attended the meeting as well as bringing neighborhood concerns to the General Manager. Staff persons from Senator Nick Collins and Councilor Ed Flynn’s offices were in attendance. For more information on what’s happening in your neighborhood with the MBTA, see