Every weekday, promptly at 7:10 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. a comfortable yellow Yankee charter bus departs from Crosby’s Marketplace. Equipped with Wi-Fi, outlets and reclining seats, passengers work, read, snooze or chat quietly as the bus sails along the high occupancy vehicle lane and lands promptly at the Prudential, then Copley, right on schedule. Two trips happen in reverse in the evening. Tickets are $12 each – or $9.20 each if you buy 10 – and can be bought right at the bus. No reservations needed. Plenty room for you to leave your car at Crosby’s during the day. It is a commuter’s dream, a nearly effortless mode of travel.
Yet, many mornings when I ride it, there are only five or ten passengers. This is the least expensive and most efficient way to get to Back Bay – yet it is our town’s best kept secret.
I cheer on the Yankee bus for two reasons. First, to save my fellow Concordians from the wearying grind of rush hour driving. Second, to ensure we can continue to have this gem. Our town is not entitled to a bus like this in perpetuity. This week, a similar commuter bus ceased to operate on the South Coast because of lack of ridership. Hearing that news, I wondered: is their trouble that, like here, simply not enough people know this remarkable option exists?
Join me. Get to Boston in a productive, peaceful way and ensure this can be a resource for Concordians for years to come. Learn more here: https://yankeeline.us/acton-and-concord/
Elizabeth Henry, Hubbard Street