April 30, 2015
We're happy to report that the additional Early Bird bus trips our T Riders Union (TRU) won in the fall and winter are now permanently included in the MBTA's regular schedule!
Last fall, we pushed the MBTA to implement extra early morning trips in the fall and winter schedules on Routes 22, 23, 28 and 109, including runs before 6:00 a.m. and extra round trips.
This includes an increase in the service void zone of Saturday and Sunday mornings, a pressing need of shift workers. These changes, now incorporated into the MBTA's regular schedule, have already made significant improvements in early morning service in the transit-dependent communities of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Everett. Riders have more flexibility to make shifts on time and the added service has reduced overcrowding.
Our Early Bird campaign was launched last year after we surveyed riders in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan and found that 90 percent supported early morning service, meaning all bus trips starting before 6:00 a.m. Public testimony included firsthand accounts from hotel and janitorial workers of packed 5:00 a.m. buses and difficulties in reaching jobs during the early off-peak hours.