<p>WHEREAS: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is reviewing and revising bus service schedules; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: Cambridge Public School District (CPSD) students and their families rely on public bus service to attend school and to participate in out-of-school time opportunities including extracurricular activities, sports, jobs, and internships; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: CPSD does not provide school bus transportation to students in grades 9 to 12; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: Proposed changes to MBTA bus routes serving the City of Cambridge include reductions </p> <p>and changes in routes and/or schedules that would greatly impact the ability of CPSD students to access school and other activities; and </p> <p>WHEREAS: Many issues with the proposed route modifications and recommendations have been brought forward by the community, including:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Route 68 </strong>Harvard - Kendall / MIT (travels down Broadway between Kendall Sq. and Harvard Sq.). MBTA proposes reducing service to weekdays only 6:00 am- 9:00 am and 4:00 pm-7:00 pm every 30 minutes. Afterschool activities and sports need evening rush hour frequency service extended to 3:00 pm-8:00 pm;</li> <li><strong>Route 69</strong> Harvard - Lechmere (travels down Cambridge St. between Lechmere and Harvard). MBTA proposes a reduction from every 15 mins to every 30 mins;</li> <li><strong>Route 83</strong> (Rindge Ave to Central Sq. via Porter Sq.). MBTA proposes a reduction to every 30 minutes from the current 20 minutes. Current frequency should be maintained, or increased to every 15 minutes to make the bus usable between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm;</li> <li><strong>Routes 69 and Route 83</strong> are being cut drastically; the frequencies of both routes should be increased to account for the needs of students;</li> <li><strong>Route 78 </strong>(78 Arlmont Village - Harvard via Garden St., Concord Ave to Cambridge Highlands). MBTA proposes a reduction from every 25 minutes to every 60-90 minutes (6:00 am-1:00 am). Students on this line need more frequent service to access school and afterschool activities and sports need evening rush hour frequency service extended to 3:00 pm-8:00 pm. Cuts to Route 78 also reduce access to Neighborhood Nine, Cambridge Highlands, Concord Ave between Huron and Blanchard Rd, including assisted care and medical facilities; it is also the only connector between West Cambridge and Arlington;</li> <li><strong>Route 75</strong> (The dedicated CRLS route on school mornings) provides essential transportation services for high school students to get to school on time and should be reinstated and additional dedicated CRLS routes considered for other areas of the City;</li> <li><strong>Routes throughout the City</strong> need to be assessed in light of new and planned housing units including affordable housing and the potential future needs of students living in that housing; therefore, be it</li> </ul> <p>RESOLVED: That the Superintendent and Mayor Siddiqui send a letter and forward this policy order along with emails from the community to representatives at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Cambridge state delegation on behalf of the entire School Committee, and be it further</p> <p>RESOLVED: That this letter will detail the MBTA bus routes and schedules that are critical for the needs of CPSD students, with particular attention to those students and families who rely the most on MBTA busses; and be it further</p> <p>RESOLVED: That CPSD will review student needs and the most recent MBTA proposals before submitting the letter and will add to or modify the list noted above if needed, and be it further</p> <p>RESOLVED: The Cambridge School Committee goes on record in support of changes that improve access and in support of further changes to address the concerns of residents as summarized above, and be it further</p> <p>RESOLVED: That this letter will be delivered to the MBTA as soon as possible with a request for a response.</p>

School Committee Actions

Action Action Date Reconsidered By Referred to Subcommitee
11/15/2022 Adopted

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