The #55 Coalition was assembled in 2021 in response to #55 cuts, schedule reduction, and a Bus Network Redesign that proposed a route incompatible with community needs. Fenway CDC has supported this coalition as the the lead coordinator in collaboration with the Fenway Civic Association, Peterborough Senior Center/Operation PEACE, elected representatives, and residents.
After completely cutting service to the 55 route during the pandemic in 2020, the 55 Bus Route Coalition rallied over several summer months to restore the 55 Bus. We have participated in MBTA’s Public Community meetings with the Bus Network Redesign Project team, attended public hearings, created a petition with 200+ signatures, and conducted a community focus group as part of our advocacy efforts. Recently, the coalition has successfully changed the name on the #55 Bus from ‘Queensberry St’ to ‘Fenway’ to increase awareness of the route’s stops and ridership.
MBTA’s partial restoration of the 55’s bus service (10AM to 4PM) and limited route (ending at Copley instead of Park Street) does not meet current community need, especially for Fenway’s most vulnerable populations and vital service workers.