Boston teen to win award for transit work

May 23, 2008

As you know from yesterday's blog, we will be highlighting our Jammin' awardees leading up to the event next Wednesday. Today’s selected honoree is TRU member Stuart Spina.

Stuart (middle, speaking) tells reporters and T officials how to improve buses

Stuart’s involvement with the T Riders Union (TRU) began with a chance encounter last summer. In June 2007, he was at Dudley Square Bus Station conducting his own research on bus service and came across a TRU organizer doing outreach. He realized that we were working on the same issues, decided to attend a meeting, and as he says, "the rest is history!"

In the past year he has become a prominent face at the ACE office, TRU events and MBTA board meetings. At a recent press conference Stuart presented his research on twelve bus routes in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan, which he collected over nine months of observations. This report caught the attention of the MBTA, and they offered him a summer internship in scheduling and service planning.

Stuart has shown remarkable commitment to transit justice since joining ACE. He is pushing for neighborhoods to get quality bus service, a key component of environmental justice in Boston. He has brought his high school classmates to join as TRU members and spoken up about the injustices he has witnessed on the transit system. Stuart is an asset to TRU’s work in holding the MBTA accountable for providing quality service to the people of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

Come learn more about the accomplishments of our awardees at Jammin’ for Justice. RSVP today to Holly (also at 617-442-3343 x231). Childcare is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a spot prior to the event, please contact Holly.