Shuttle buses coming to Chinatown during Orange Line shutdown

                Residents of Boston's Chinatown neighborhood will have some alternative transportation options when the MBTA Orange Line shuts down for a month at 9 pm Friday.During a community meeting Wednesday night, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said a shuttle bus stop will be made in Chinatown for Orange Line riders during the 30-day closure, which will last through Sept. 18. This news comes one day after Wu, Boston City Council President Ed Flynn, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and state senators Nick Collins and Lydia Edwards sent a letter to the MBTA to request that a shuttle bus stop be added to Chinatown during the monthlong shutdown. In an interview with NewsCenter 5, Flynn voiced concerns that the MBTA was excluding Chinatown — a community of color made up of many immigrants and non-English speakers — from the transit authority's alternate transportation plan."I think the MBTA wants to be supportive and help the neighborhood, but that would include having a bus stop here," Flynn said Wednesday."Some  of the details are still being worked out, but this community is seen and heard and needs to be a part of the planning," Wu said Wednesday.  "So we're very glad that they have responded to the concerns that have been elevated.""We either have to scream and yell and holler, send letters," said Chinatown resident Cecilia Cordova.  "You passed out these flyers that we're looking at right now with those nice Xs all over them, indicating that they're still not stopping at Chinatown. I am not satisfied with this last-minute stuff and I'm just about fed up with it."The MBTA tweeted Wednesday evening that it was working with the city of Boston to add a stop to the Silver Line 4 (SL4) outbound route to further serve the Chinatown community during the Orange Line closure, stating that the Surface Artery at Kneeland Street stop would be extended for access to the neighborhood.Translators were available during Wednesday's meeting, along with informational flyers about the Orange Line shutdown written in different languages.  Wu said more informational material will be made available."At each shuttle stop, there will be sandwich boards with different languages, as well as staff on the ground that will help guide and facilitate folks to the shuttle buses, help get their bearings," the mayor said.The MBTA is shutting down the Orange Line for 30 days in order to make upgrades that are being highlighted by the Federal Transit Administration.  The FTA has been digging into the MBTA's safety record since May after a man was dragged to death on the Red Line in April.  A final report from the federal agency is expected to be released within the next few weeks.
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                <strong class="dateline">BOSTON —</strong>                                          <p>Residents of Boston's Chinatown neighborhood will have some alternative transportation options when the MBTA Orange Line shuts down for a month at 9 pm Friday.

During a community meeting Wednesday night, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said a shuttle bus stop will be made in Chinatown for Orange Line riders during the 30-day closure, which will last through Sept. 18.

This news comes one day after Wu, Boston City Council President Ed Flynn, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and state senators Nick Collins and Lydia Edwards sent a letter to the MBTA to request that a shuttle bus stop be added to Chinatown during the monthlong shutdown.

In an interview with NewsCenter 5, Flynn voiced concerns that the MBTA was excluding Chinatown — a community of color made up of many immigrants and non-English speakers — from the transit authority’s alternate transportation plan.

“I think the MBTA wants to be supportive and help the neighborhood, but that would include having a bus stop here,” Flynn said Wednesday.

“Some of the details are still being worked out, but this community is seen and heard and needs to be a part of the planning,” Wu said Wednesday. “So we’re very glad that they have responded to the concerns that have been elevated.”

“We either have to scream and yell and holler, send letters,” said Chinatown resident Cecilia Cordova. “You passed out these flyers that we’re looking at right now with those nice Xs all over them, indicating that they’re still not stopping at Chinatown. I am not satisfied with this last-minute stuff and I’m just about fed up with it.”

The MBTA tweeted Wednesday evening that it was working with the city of Boston to add a stop to the Silver Line 4 (SL4) outbound route to further serve the Chinatown community during the Orange Line closure, stating that the Surface Artery at Kneeland Street would stop be extended for access to the neighborhood.

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Translators were available during Wednesday’s meeting, along with informational flyers about the Orange Line shutdown written in different languages. Wu said more informational material will be made available.

“At each shuttle stop, there will be sandwich boards with different languages, as well as staff on the ground that will help guide and facilitate folks to the shuttle buses, help get their bearings,” the mayor said.

The MBTA is shutting down the Orange Line for 30 days in order to make upgrades that are being highlighted by the Federal Transit Administration. The FTA has been digging into the MBTA’s safety record since May after a man was dragged to death on the Red Line in April. A final report from the federal agency is expected to be released within the next few weeks.

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