July 9, 2011
ACE members in the Chelsea T Riders Union (TRU) recently improved access for bus riders on Route 112.
The T has agreed to run all Route 112 buses to the Market Basket in Admiral’s Hill, starting with the summer schedule on June 25. The bus will now drive into the parking lot and stop directly on the right side of the building.
Two years ago, a new Market Basket was opened across the street from the former store, but the bus continued to use the old stop, forcing riders—including elderly and disabled passengers—to cross a busy street and parking lot for groceries.
In fall 2010, the route was changed to service the new Market Basket, but buses were still stopping at the old site. Because the Admiral’s Hill stop is in a cul-de-sac, drivers were confused over whether the Wellington- or Wood Island-bound buses were supposed to stop at the store.
“This calls for a celebration! I’ve been fighting for this for over a year,” said Marjorie Delorian, a member of ACE and Chelsea TRU. “A lot of the seniors are handicapped, or they’ve got bundles, and it’s too much for them to cross the parking lot. This is a necessity. It will make so many seniors happy.”
This victory will help Admiral’s Hill residents who depend on public transportation to provide access to necessities like food and household supplies. We are excited to have the MBTA finally make this commitment and look forward to continuing our work to improve bus service in Chelsea. Go Chelsea TRU members!