Panelists talk mass transit - News - Wakefield Observer - Wakefield, MA: "“A reliable, efficient, high-quality transportation system is critical to the strength and future growth of the local economy,” Lewis said. “Environmentally, it takes cars off the roads, and it improves public health.”
However, he said, “there were failures of the public transportation system in the extreme winter weather in February, and even before, there were ongoing issues and concerns with subways, buses and the commuter rail.”
Mares noted that Stoneham, in Sen. Lewis’ Fifth Middlesex district, has just one MBTA bus line (132) and that other areas have even fewer options.
“Twenty-six percent of high-density areas in the region have no public transportation within a quarter-mile of homes,” Mares said. “A lot of pockets don’t have service. With changing demographics, we need to cover the region.”"