Federal grant spurs MBTA bus stop improvements

Sandra Larson | 5/9/2012, 9:32 a.m.

An elderly resident expressed concern about proposed stop relocations that she felt would cause safety problems, such as forcing more people to cross dangerous intersections.

Others questioned changes that could worsen traffic problems, for instance, a proposed new stop in front of the Citizens Bank near the Strand Theatre.

One person worried that adding a bus shelter on Dudley Street at Cottage Street could block the view from Project Hope’s community room. DeNisco said that all abutters will be consulted on proposed changes that could affect them, but at a later stage when the plans are more refined.

When stops have to be elongated for accessibility, that change takes away parking spaces, DeNisco noted. When a stop is removed, a few parking spaces are added back.

The route 15 discussion ran to the end of the two-hour meeting. No one asked to move on to routes 22 or 28, but detailed information on proposed changes for all the routes can be viewed on the MBTA website at www.mbta.com/keybusroutes.

Routes 15, 22, 28 and 32 are the last of the Boston routes scheduled for implementation under the ARRA grant. These, along with routes 71, 73 and 77 in Cambridge and Arlington, are still in the public process. Routes that have already completed the public process and are in the design phase are 1, 23, 39, 57, 66, 111, 116 and 117.

The next step for routes 15, 22, 28 and 32 is a round of revisions based on the feedback so far, followed by another series of public meetings set to begin in June.

“These meetings are the opportunity for the community to provide feedback,” said Scheier at the recent Kroc Center meeting. “We know that the riders in the community know the routes better than we do.”

Besides attending public meetings, interested residents can email comments and feedback to keybusroutes@mbta.com or mail them to MBTA Project Director for Operations, 45 High St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.