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City Council calls on MBTA to continue bus #55 service

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has announced that as part of its “Forging Ahead” plan, they will suspend all service of the #55 bus starting on March 14, 2021.

This elimination of service poses a health risk to many residents, especially seniors, along the route who rely on the #55 bus to get to and from everyday services, including the St. Cecilia House, the Peterborough Senior Center, the Copley Branch of the Boston Public Library, community activities in Chinatown, grocery shopping, and doctor appointments.

The #55 also serves housing for other vulnerable populations without personal vehicles, including the McBride House for people living with HIV/AIDS and Brooke House, an adult residential reentry program run by Community Resources for Justice.

This week, the Council adopted a resolution, calling on the MBTA to continue full service of the #55 bus for the health and well-being of Boston’s Fenway residents.

The #55 bus is a key outlet for residents seeking to move in and out of the Fenway neighborhood while avoiding the overcrowded Green Line trains during games and events at Fenway Park, which is one of the reasons that the Red Sox joined the neighborhood in advocating against its suspension several months ago.

During the Council meeting, the Council affirmed their opposition to the elimination of service along the #55 bus route by the MBTA and Governor Baker, as well as any elimination of public transportation, and affirms the importance of providing access to efficient, safe, and reliable transportation to all of its residents.