Thanks in large part to State Senator Bob Hedlund and Representative Garrett Bradley, Hull got a second chance to confront the MBTA about possibly eliminating ferries and cutting bus routes in town.
Wednesday night at the public hearing, Hedlund explained an additional meeting was necessary for the MBTA to understand Hull residents are already financially struggling and will now be stranded, “This is a community that is geographically somewhat isolated considering the fact that it is a peninsula… we have heavy reliance on public transportation here.”
More than 300 Hull residents attended the hearing in opposition of two MBTA scenarios which could increase fare upwards of 40%, as well as cut routes, to solve their $161 million budget crisis.
But residents explained they’ll continue to fight for service because they have no other financial choice.
“We have a small, poor community and the MBTA blindly proposes eliminating all service to Hull, thinking that Hull will quietly sink away. Well guess again, look around,” stated one longtime MBTA rider
Hull Town Manager Phil Leminos acknowledged proposals haven’t changed since the town’s 1st hearing in January and there’s been no urgency by Governor Patrick, “If there was a storm racing up the coast that was going to impact 25% of the population, the Governor would be in the bunker in Framingham directing operations.”
Numerous Hull commuters noted the morning ferry is the best part of their day and helps bring the community together. The MBTA Board of Directors votes next month on the proposals.
(State Senator Bob Hedlund)
(MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey)