Public meetings on transit needs begin tonight in Dudley Sq.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be holding a meeting this Monday to help choose the consultant team for a study of the transit needs of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. The study, which will be conducted this summer and the following year, aims to identify resident’s concerns about public transportation in areas not within walking distance of an MBTA subway station.

The two potential consultant teams, led by Arch Professional Group and McMahon Architects respectively, will present their plans for conducting the study and field questions from the audience. MassDOT will make its selection in consideration of the group’s performance at the meeting, which will take place from 5:15 P.M. to 7:45 P.M. at the Dudley Branch Library.

Pamela Bush of the Four Corners Action Coalition said that the unsatisfactory state of public transportation “desperately” needs to be addressed.

“The buses are overcrowded,” said Bush. “There is a high population of bus dependent folk in the area that ride the 28 and 23, which are always packed—even on Sundays. Many [buses] are in need of upgrades too.”

According to State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, state officials are taking a different approach to addressing transportation needs after last year’s failed attempt to install an enhanced bus route on Blue Hill Avenue, known as Route 28X, to replace the current Route 28 bus. The Patrick administration backed off the plan after abutters and some residents loudly resisted, saying the Route 28X bus route was proposed without enough public input.

“This study is making good on the commitment that was made previously,” Forry said. “We, the elected officials and those involved at MassDOT, feel it is very important to have input from the community.”

Rep. Forry is married to Bill Forry, the managing editor of The Reporter.