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Lawmakers ask state to withdraw 28x proposal

Local lawmakers are calling on state transportation officials to pull back on the proposal for an express busway along Blue Hill Ave. for which the state is seeking a $140 million federal stimulus grant.

The request from lawmakers comes after months of community meetings at which many residents and businesses of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury greeted with skepticism a proposed transit line called "Route 28X" that would run along dedicated bus lanes on portions of the corridor between Mattapan Square and Ruggles Station.  Read more

That 28X proposal: The beat goes on

The future of Blue Hill Ave. and the fate of $140 million in federal funds remains unclear after a Monday meeting at which elected officials and community members once again voiced their disapproval of how the neighborhoods along the Blue Hill Ave. corridor have been treated by the Patrick administration’s top transportation officials.  Read more

Final forums held on Route 28X plan

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2009

The state Executive Office of Transportation held a community meeting concerning the controversial 28X Blue Hill Ave. enhancement at the Mildred Ave. Community Center on Monday followed by a second meeting at the Dudley Branch Library on Wednesday. These were the final public meetings held before the EOT submits its application on Sept. 15.

Planners presented project concepts to a crowd that seemed to be overwhelmingly opposed to the 28X enhancement, an atmosphere EOT officials have struggled in since the first meetings in June.  Read more

State applies for stimulus money for 28X as hearings continue

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 13, 2009

The Executive Office of Transportation held another meeting last Thursday concerning the controversial 28X line, this time with a newly organized advisory group of concerned community leaders and activists from neighborhoods along the 28 bus route. The meeting, at the recently opened Grove Hall Branch library, was the first of a series of focused advisory group meetings planned for this month.  Read more

Words from the top on Bus Route 28X

The community was startled three months ago when the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works (EOTPW) revealed plans to use federal stimulus funds to build an express bus lane along Blue Hill Ave. The proposal seemed to come out of the blue, and local folks "“ community activists, elected officials, business leaders "“ were caught by surprise.

The plan seemed disjointed, rushed, and uncoordinated, and skeptics had the sense that someone was trying to pull a fast one out of the hat.  Read more

State making hard push for okay on 28X line plan

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 30, 2009

The state Executive Office of Transportation (EOT), clearly trying to push along to approval its 28X dedicated line up Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan, held yet another community gathering on Monday concerning the proposal, this time with plenty of visual aids to illustrate the plan for guests.  Read more

Menino says 28X bus needed to get people to jobs

Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday said he supports the controversial "Route 28X" bus line proposed by state transportation officials, saying bus service is needed to get people to their jobs.

"I think we have to have better transportation," he said in a half-hour appearance on TOUCH 106.1 FM this morning.  Read more

Aggressive push to sell Blue Hill Ave proposal

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 23, 2009

AloisiTransportation Secretary James Aloisi had his Charlie Card at the ready as he boarded the 28 bus in Mattapan Square on Wednesday morning. The main bus route from Mattapan to Roxbury had one more commuter than usual Wednesday morning as state Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi Jr. rode the Rt. 28 bus and spoke with riders about controversial changes he has planned for the Blue Hill Ave. corridor.

Accompanied by state senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Aloisi ate breakfast at Brother's Café in Mattapan Square before hopping on the bus for the ride to the Dudley Square Silverline station. “I don’t think people have paid attention to this neighborhood for a long time, so people are a bit skeptical, when we come in with this big idea,” Aloisi said.  Read more

Aboard the Blue Hill Ave. bus, tales of woe

By 
Alex Owens and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jul. 9, 2009

Clarissa Hatchel and her son Jaheim think the plan "just might work"Clarissa Hatchel and her son Jaheim think the plan "just might work"

“I pressed the ‘stop,’ don’t cha know, driver!” called a woman from the back of the bus.

Everyone along the MBTA’s Route 28 bus route seems to have a story about the almost hour-long ordeal that is a ride between the line’s terminal stations, Mattapan Square and Ruggles -- from overcrowding to unreliable schedules to missed stops to a strong sense of insecurity.

The Mass. Executive Office of Transit has set out to rectify the long-standing criticisms of the 28 line with its proposed 28X enhancement project, designed to streamline the crowded, often chaotic route. At four community meetings last month, community members voiced concerns about the construction, noise, safety, parking, and the effect of the undertaking on local businesses. The overall sentiment reflected a lack of trust between the community and the T.  Read more

Transit officials will apply for grant for Route 28 project

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 2, 2009

The state’s Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) held a meeting at the Mildred Ave. Community Center in Mattapan on Tuesday regarding the MBTA service developments in Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, most notably the proposed 28X express bus line.  Read more