MBTA plans to increase bus service by 25% over five years – Boston 25 News

BOSTON — The MBTA is gathering feedback over the next three months on its new plan to increase bus service by 25% over five years.

MBTA officials released a new draft map of their bus network redesign this week. Their first attempt to update the bus system in fifty years aims to provide bus service every 15 minutes, every day, to an additional 275,000 residents.

Roxbury, Lynn and Everett are among the areas that would see significant increases in MBTA bus service.

“As someone who publicly criticizes the T every day, I actually think they’ve done a good job with this,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of Livable Streets.

Thompson encourages those who have questions or concerns about the draft plan to speak up.

“If you’re looking at a map and you’re like, this affects me, show up at a public meeting,” Thompson said. “No decision has really been made yet. It’s a process. It’s a starting point.”

Thompson said that, based on his organization’s analysis of a 2019 report, the T needs an additional 200 to 500 buses to meet system requirements. MBTA officials say they are committed to working with available resources to expand the bus network, despite financial difficulties.

“The T can’t say it, but I can. They don’t have enough resources. If you want more bus service in your community, ask the Legislature for more money for the T,” Thompson added.

MBTA chief executive Steve Poftak said there were “very limited circumstances” of bus service cuts under the plan.

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Melvin Z. Madore