BOSTON — Few spoke openly at a meeting in Chinatown about the lack of shuttles to serve the neighborhood when the Orange Line was closed Friday night.
“When you were composing this information and these flyers, you didn’t even have Chinatown in mind,” said Cecelia Cordova, a Chinatown resident.
Cordova says her Chinatown neighborhood is still neglected, and she’s upset that it still happened when the MBTA decided not to have shuttles stop here. Ed Flynn, who is president of the Boston City Council, also represents Chinatown.
“I think the MBTA wants to be supportive and help the neighborhood, but that would mean having a bus stop here and working with residents on language and communication access,” Flynn said.
Wednesday night, the T made changes.
“They announced tonight that they will be adding an additional bus stop in Chinatown,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said.
Details on the route it will take and where it will stop are still being worked out. And the T will also add a Silver Line stop. Mayor Wu says she’s glad the MBTA listened.
“This community is seen and heard and needs to be part of the planning, and we are very pleased that they have addressed the concerns that have been raised,” Mayor Wu said.
As closure nears, Mayor Wu says the city is working with the T to help overcome any issues. And for that, she is going to try it herself.
“Monday I’ll probably take the shuttle to see how it goes. Tuesday I’ll try to mix it all up and go on the commuter train,” she said.
Mayor Wu says she will also ride a bicycle one day. And she says signage in multiple languages, including Chinese, will be provided.
“At each shuttle stop there will be sandwich boards in different languages, as well as staff on the ground who can help guide and help people get to the shuttles and get their bearings,” said Mayor Wu,” Mayor Wu said.
The MBTA says it will announce the shuttle’s route and where that shuttle will stop on Thursday.
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