MBTA looking at bus service changes - One option may eliminate service to Hanscom |
Posted 2/15/2012 Updated 2/16/2012
by Sarah Olaciregui
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
2/15/2012 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is looking at ways to be more efficient due to projected revenue shortfalls. As a result, the organization has proposed options for increasing fares and eliminating some services.
The MBTA has prepared two sce¬narios to close the projected deficit. Scenario 1 includes a higher fare increase and a smaller number of service reductions. Scenario 2 in¬cludes a slightly lower fare increase but larger service reductions.
If Scenario 2 is chosen, Bus 76 that runs to and from Hanscom will be eliminated.
There are approximately 90 riders per week that use this service," said Greg Cravedi, Environmental Management Office environmental specialist. "Without Bus 76 there will not be any public transportation access to the base."
MBTA is inviting all those affected to provide feedback, which can be accomplished several ways. First, those concerned can visit www.mbta.com to access a detailed report on the projected impacts of the proposed changes.
In addition, public workshops and public hearings are scheduled. One workshop will be held in the Somerville High School auditorium on Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Another meeting will be held in Cambridge at the Citywide Senior Center from 6 to 8 p.m on Feb. 29. The Waltham Government Center will hold a meeting March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Finally, there will be a gathering in Brockton at the Massasoit Community College in the Liberal Arts Building March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
"Comments at all meetings will be considered by MBTA staff members and the board of directors for further action," according to the MBTA Fare and Service Changes report.
Meeting spaces are accessible to people with disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters and assistive listening devices will be provided. Anyone who needs accommodation in order to fully participate in the meeting may contact 617-973-7073 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
For those that cannot attend a hearing or workshop, an option to write to the MBTA via mail or email is available. Written comments will be accepted through March 6. They may be mailed to MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee, or emailed to email@example.com.
"To resolve this budget crisis, we encourage all T customers to take an active role in helping to choose the better option," the report states. "Please review the proposed fare increases and service reductions detailed here and pro-vide your feedback by attending one of the public meetings or by email."
Anyone with questions about transportation alternatives at Hanscom may contact the Environmental Management Office at 781-225-6150.