Garballey advocates for improved bus service

Luis Ramirez, Rep. Sean GarballeyLuis Ramirez, left, with Rep. Garballey.

Rep. Sean Garballey, Democrat of Arlington and West Medford, joined Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager and CEO Luis Ramirez to discuss the state of public transportation in Arlington, Medford and greater Boston.

The host for the Feb. 13 event was the MBTA Caucus, which Garballey cochairs. Many state representatives and state senators were present to have a conversation regarding the MBTA and investing in public transportation.

The MBTA Caucus is composed of legislators from around the Commonwealth, whose goal is preserving accessibility and making significant improvements to the state's public transportation  system, key to maintaining the quality of life for many in Massachusetts. The group works directly with representatives from the MBTA and colleagues throughout the Legislature.

Asked to provide specifics, Garballey said in a Feb. 17 news release: "With a relatively new general manager, this provided an opportunity to discuss this issue in general terms. [Ramirez] discussed making bus service more rapid with the use of dedicated bus lanes as a possible solution to improving bus serving across the MBTA service area."

This idea was discussed in connection with Boston in a November Boston Globe report

"... I hear from constituents on a lot of topics related to the MBTA," he said in the release. "One of the themes I gather from constituents is the overall dissatisfaction with bus service. This includes bus schedules as well as other matters. I bring these issues up with the MBTA on a regular basis.

"It was a great opportunity to discuss the current state of the MBTA and making sure he and our colleagues understand the importance of investing in our infrastructure." 

The caucus has been collaborating with the MBTA to improve bus and rail service in greater Boston and beyond by investing in and improving service. Ramirez promised that among his top priorities is to improve bus service in Arlington, Medford and across the MBTA region. 

These news announcements were published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.