Riders in Jamaica Plain have fended off a potential service cut of bus number 48. This fall, the MBTA proposed cutting the route, causing an uproar and vigorous fight back.
The 48, called the JP Loop, is the only bus that runs by a senior and disabled housing development. Residents in the 150 plus apartment complex depend on the route to connect to main shopping districts on Centre Street for picking up groceries and medication. The bus stops directly at the building, allowing people to make a trip that would otherwise be unwalkable.
At the December MBTA Board Meeting, Director of Operations and Service Development Jim Folk told the T Riders Union (TRU) that any service cut to the 48 bus will be suspended until spring 2010. This is expected to become official next month when the board is scheduled to vote on the T Service Plan.
Over the next year the T will work with city and state officials to explore alternatives for this bus route. So far, these include privatizing the route, using a smaller bus to lower costs and rerouting service from another bus to the area served by the 48.
The Amory Task Force Committee, on behalf of the Jamaica Plain residents, is fighting to keep the number 48 bus and is being supported by Boston City Councilors John Connolly and John Tobin Jr. A working group is being created by Representative Liz Malia to explore a potential solution. The next meeting will be early next year - check the calendar for updates.
For more information, contact the T Riders Union at (617) 442-3343 x229.