As younger Boston students prepare to take the MBTA to school this year, city officials are seeking to reassure families that public transit will be as safe as the yellow school buses they’re used to.
Speaking at the Maverick Blue Line station in East Boston today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott described special efforts aimed at assisting the 2,100 eight-graders who will now be riding the T to school, as a result of budget trimming.
Boston public schools will have 50 people wearing blue vests at major stops to help students get to their proper destinations.
“We are going to do everything we can to make this extremely successful,” said Scott.
The school department projects it will save $2 million by reducing bus service for eighth-graders, but the plan has raised some safety concerns from parents and advocates. Others worried that the change could lead to attendance problems, or that the thousands of additional riders could overburden the transit system.
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