I just read a post in the JP Gazette that said that "community activists" are working to keep the 48 route running. I live in this community and find this route to be a complete nuisance. First of all, it runs a superfluous route that is already serviced by
the Orange Line and 39 bus. Secondly, it is a terrible waste of resources. I have lived on/just off Boylston Street for many years, and see the bus pass by routinely. In my 9+ years as a resident (since before it went down Boylston, a residential street) and I have never once seen more than three people on this bus, and that's including the driver! Boylston is a side street, not a main thoroughfare, and the road is just too small and crowded to be part of a bus route. Not to mention the environmental impact of running a perpetually empty bus. The 48 route is wasteful and destructive to the environment (in terms of exhaust, noise and danger of accidents on a narrow street with many young families) and there simply must be a better solution to the transportation needs of a few people than this full-sized bus.
I've emailed the MBTA about this and hope to attend the next meeting where this route is discussed. If you're interested in joining me, or have any insight on why this route exists at all, please let me know.