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Black Riders Spend More Time On Average On MBTA Buses. A New Report Offers Solutions21:51
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A system-wide survey as part of the MBTA's Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure found that four out of five bus stops across the MBTA network have at least one "significant barrier." (bradlee9119/Flickr)
A system-wide survey as part of the MBTA's Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure found that four out of five bus stops across the MBTA network have at least one "significant barrier." (bradlee9119/Flickr)

We all know that transportation in Boston can be a challenge. For black bus riders, that can mean spending an average of 64 hours more per year on the bus, compared to their white counterparts.

The LivableStreets Alliance has responded to that 2017 finding from the Metropolitan Area Planning council with a new report, which calls on the MBTA to prioritize equity in its bus service by boosting its fleet, making commutes shorter, and significantly expanding routes — especially those that serve many people of color.

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Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance and a co-author on the report.

Mela Bush Miles, who is the director of Transit-Oriented Development and the T Rider's Union at Alternatives for Community and Environment.

Greg Sullivan, research director at the Pioneer Institute, which tweets @PioneerBoston.

This segment aired on October 9, 2019.

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