Dear Senator Brownsberger
I am sending you a copy of my email to the MBTA yesterday regarding the 73 bus.
A friend let me know that you are monitoring the bus route.
I have already tweeted/messaged you about this however I was waiting at Payson Road for 20 minutes this morning. I just missed the 735am bus and according to the schedule there should have been another bus at 741 and then a few thereafter. I did not get on a bus until 8am. During which time I saw 6 buses go “outbound” and between 735 and 745 – 4. it said there was a “minor traffic delay” – but I really find it hard to believe that it would cause 4-6 buses to get backed up. Especially at 7/730 am when the traffic really is not that bad. If this is something that happens regularly can there not be some kind of system to prevent this – i.e. an extra bus at the terminus? This is not the first time I’ve seen 4+ buses going out and people stuck waiting to go in. That delay caused me to get to work at 850 vs probably 830 if not earlier. Which when I am trying to leave at 430 to pick my daughter up from day care makes a significant impact.
On another note – but related – has the MBTA ever considered petitioning Boston/Cambridge etc city council to install bus lanes – e.g. along Mass Ave even during peak rush hours -this would seriously improve transit times and probably encourage more people to take the bus. I am originally from Dublin, Ireland another old city with equally small roads but we made this work and it has greatly improved morning and evening commute times.
Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you – I do hope you look in to this incident seriously – these kind of delays, especially on a good weather day are ridiculous and seriously affect people’s days.