Blue Hill Corridor

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

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

Future of Franklin Park Zoo remains in limbo

By 
Mike Deehan and Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Editors
Jul. 16, 2009

A fiscal tug-of-war between Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature over the future of the Franklin Park Zoo has left the institution’s fate in the balance and some in Dorchester talking about the zoo’s significance to the community and wondering about the effect of it being permanently shuttered.  Read more

Teen charged in May killing on Wilcock Street

A 17 year-old from Dorchester has been arrested for the May 13th murder of a 49 year-old man who was found dead hours after a drive-by shooting on a Blue Hill Ave. sidestreet.  Read more

Neponset Health Center teams up with Neighborhood Health Plan

Starting Friday July 10th Neponset Health Center will be hosting a health insurance table hosted by a Neighborhood Health Plan representative. Neighborhood Health Plan will be in the lobby of the Neponset Health Center every other Friday from 9am-2pm with information on the health insurance plans that are available to everyone. The Neighborhood Health Plan rep. will be able to answer any questions that you may have about their plans and will help find out which plan will work best for you. They will also have FREE giveaways for people who come in for information.  Read more

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Progress seen on crime front, but Morton-Talbot needs ‘special attention’

In her bi-weekly column for the Reporter called B-3 BOLO - short for "Be On the Lookout"- Annie Wilcox gives us a unique break-down on the policing tactics on the district that covers Mattapan and nearly half of Dorchester. There's good news on the crime-fighting front statistically, but Wilcox writes, one of the districts three "beats" needs more attention.-Ed.  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

Cracking the transportation code in Mattapan

When the Patrick administration rolled out a plan to “enhance” the Route 28 bus line along Blue Hill Ave two months ago, it came as a surprise to many civic, business, and political leaders in Mattapan. And the fact that it was not immediately hailed as a major triumph locally was a harbinger of what has followed.  Read more

MBTA plans to revive its project at Mattapan Square

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 26, 2009

The MBTA and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held a community meeting at the Mildred Ave. community center on Tuesday regarding the T’s plans to revive a stalled transit-oriented development (TOD) project at Mattapan Station. The initiative is aimed at bringing new mixed-use commercial and residential buildings into Mattapan Square. The transit agency hopes that the development will be built on and adjacent to the current site of the Mattapan Station parking lot, the approximately 2.5 acre asphalt area to the north east of the station.  Read more