Boston Housing Boom Poses Challenge for MBTA

A new 1,600 housing unit and 15-acre development in South Boston is an example of a housing project that will put a tremendous amount of stress on the city’s public transportation. Already, Silver Line Buses are forced to skip stops, like Summer Street, due to overcrowding and this is likely to continue with the construction of more apartment complexes.

The T has set aside $2 million for seven more buses along the 7 route and the No. 9 route along Broadway to the Back Bay, which should relieve some overcrowding. Executive director of the MBTA Advisory Board, Paul Reagan, believes the problem is money not a lack of planning.

“The issue is the fact that the MBTA has an ongoing operating and capital budget problem,” Reagan said. It is problematic for the state to invest heavily in development projects without simultaneously funding transit systems that are severely lagging behind.

Source: The Boston Globe

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