TRU launches Early Bird campaign for off-peak service

December 27, 2014 UPDATE:
Success! With your help, we secured extra early bird trips in the MBTA's 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. This comes after hearing firsthand accounts from hotel and janitorial workers of packed 5:00 a.m. buses. Stay tuned as we continue this fight.

August 14, 2014

TRU members at our monthly meeting

This summer, our T Riders Union (TRU) launched a new campaign for increased early morning service in our communities. With the Early Bird campaign, TRU members are demanding more service to get workers to jobs that start before the morning rush hour. Our survey collection in the spring showed that a vast majority of riders support an increase in early morning trips.

The MBTA is already planning to increase off-peak service, which makes this a crucial moment to amplify the needs of low-income communities. The T wants to add 150 hours of service to routes outside of the morning and evening rush hours. We are asking the T to use 20 of those hours for early morning service. Early morning service means any trips between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 a.m.

“There are people who need to be at work, who need to be there at four o’clock in the morning, and if they don’t have cars, they can’t get there on time,” said Peedub Welch, TRU Iintern. “When I was working at McDonald’s, I had to be there at five o’clock to prep the food – there were no buses so I walked and it was cold in the wintertime.”

New service hours will be implemented this September and December. For the September changes, TRU is asking for 10 hours of early morning service on routes 19, 22, 23, 28, 101, 111, 117, 191-194, and 230. These routes service communities in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Medford, East Somerville, Randolph, Braintree and Quincy Center, creating a network of early morning service to get riders to work. Additionally, we’re requesting that the MBTA work with TRU members to identify the remaining 10 hours for Early Bird service in December.

Sign the petition to support early morning service! To get involved with the campaign, come to the next TRU meeting on August 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at ACE, and for more information, contact Caroline.