Special to the Transcript
Bus service to Point Shirley in Winthrop was slated to be cut in the MBTAâ€™s proposed changes to the Bus Network. In the most recent iteration of the proposed changes the MBTA did restore service as far as Winthrop Landing, but not to Point Shirley. The most recent proposal by the MBTA would require Point Shirley residents to walk nearly a mile to the next stop located at Winthrop Landing.
â€œThis cut in service is unacceptable, the MBTA seems to think that a 0.7-0.8 mile walk to the next closest stop, in the cold, snow, or rain is acceptable for elderly and disabled residentsâ€ said Senator Lydia Edwards (D-Boston) â€œPoint Shirley residents are already isolated from the rest of the town; this proposal would only further isolate them.â€
â€œThroughout the public comment period community members, and elected officials from Winthrop made clear to the MBTA that service to Point Shirley must be restored, I am now calling on the MBTA to restore bus service to Point Shirleyâ€
â€œThis is an entirely reckless and irresponsible decision. I vehemently disagree with the MBTAâ€™s proposal of cutting bus service to Point Shirley in Winthrop. The outcome of the Bus Network Redesign would heavily impact those who are disabled or elderly just as we begin to approach the intense New England winter months that we are all so familiar with. This is unacceptable as many of the residents of Point Shirley depend on Bus services as their primary form of transportation. They are just as important as any other part of Winthrop, and we must take a stand against this proposal because they deserve the same access to public transportation as everyone else.â€ said Representative Jeffrey Rosario Turco (D-Winthrop).