March 5, 2015
I’m the T Riders Union base-building intern. I live in Upham’s Corner. I rely on the T to get everywhere. Work, home, doing whatever I need to, I need the T.
This winter, I’ve missed two big out-of-town meetings because I had to wait too long for the bus and I ended up missing my bus ride or my train to go out. On top of working at ACE, I have another job at Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA), and our youth are on the Boston Public School schedule. Whenever they’re out of school, we don’t teach workshops. So for three weeks straight, we didn’t teach workshops at all and it really messed up our schedule. I missed 15 to 20 hours of work.
One day, two weeks ago, I had to get to Mattapan—mind you, I live in Upham’s Corner—and I ended up having to walk about two miles to Mattapan because the T decided to shut down that whole day. They had shut it down 7:00 p.m. the night before. Having to deal with the buses not running and the T shutting down service has been a hassle. It’s been a mess that I don’t ever want to deal with again.