Ayers Asks T to Extend Shuttle Bus Services To Squantum Point Park

State Rep. Bruce J. Ayers (D – Quincy) has sent a formal request to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, imploring the extension of shuttle bus services to Squantum Point Park to provide relief for frustrated commuters.

The letter notes the success of the bus service that has shuttled customers from the Wollaston Station area during the 2-year construction period. Ayers suggested that the success of this service could be extended from the North Quincy MBTA Station to the state-owned parking lot in Squantum Point Park, providing parking relief during the construction at North Quincy while also encouraging use of the Marina Bay Ferry.

Over 600 spots are lost at the North Quincy lot. With the Wollaston project ready to open this month, Ayers believes the shuttle buses could be used to bring relief to the North Quincy project, while also encouraging use of water transit.

“Water transportation is an economically responsible, environmentally friendly means of transit, and this area is a prime location for it,” Ayers said. “This area’s marine infrastructure makes this a unique opportunity.”

Ayers cited the “failure” of the MBTA to provide adequate mitigation for the ongoing construction along the Red Line stops in Quincy, coupled with the disruptions in service the Red Line has experienced in the past 2 months. Prior to the derailment in June, Red Line trains were running 14 trips per hour; that number is now at 10 trips per hour.

“My constituents have reached out to me repeatedly to express their frustration over the delays, overcrowded platforms, and overall lack of options,” Ayers said. “This could provide a recovery of parking spaces, as well as a reliable alternative means of transportation for those who no longer trust the MBTA. It’s a way for the MBTA to earn their customers’ faith back.”

The parking lot at Squantum Point Park consists of over 800 parking spaces, and is owned by DCR. Ayers suggests that the MBTA work out an agreement with DCR to provide free commuter parking in the lot during the North Quincy construction project.

The Marina Bay Ferry is in its 4th year of seasonal operation. It is owned and maintained by the town of Winthrop, and service from Quincy will run through November.

Along with GM Poftak, copies of the letter were also sent to Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack; Joseph Aiello, Chair of the MBTA’s Fiscal & Management Control Board; and Leo Roy, Commissioner of the Department of Conservation & Recreation.

A copy of the letter was also provided to The Quincy Sun. The letter appears below.

NQ Library Branch Closed For Two Months Due To Renovations

The North Quincy Branch Library closed Monday, Aug. 12, for building renovations. The work is expected to take at least two months to complete.
Improvements will include a new roof, new ceiling, new flooring and carpeting, and some electrical upgrades.
For library services while the branch is closed:
  • Return books and other materials in the North Quincy Branch outside book drops located at the front and rear entrances.
  • Pick up your holds at the Main Library (40 Washington St.) or call 617-376-1300 x3 to have them sent to another library location.
  • Check the library’s online calendar of events at thomascranelibrary.org for programs held at other library locations. Some North Quincy Branch children’s programs will be relocated to other Quincy libraries.
  • The Wollaston Branch Library (41 Beale St.) will have special Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon while the North Quincy Branch is closed.

For more information, visit thomascranelibrary.org or call 617-376-1300 x3.

Kevin Wool Manager South Street Gallery

Jack Hobbs, president and founder of South Street Gallery, announces Kevin Wool of Quincy has been named South Street Gallery’s new manager.

Kevin Wool

“Kevin is the perfect fit for this role,” said Hobbs, who added, “He knows the framing side of the business inside out.  In his previous work, he visited literally every art gallery in New England. He knows the artists, he knows the owners, he knows current and emerging art trends, and he has met and worked with hundreds of artists. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him join our Gallery!”

Wool is working with Hobbs to further the Gallery’s mission of discovering and promoting new artists, while continuing to expand the Gallery’s framing business.

He spent a dozen years in the picture framing industry, as a representative for several framing and moulding companies which serve frame shop and gallery owners throughout the region. This gave him in-the-field experience working directly with hundreds of gallery owners and picture framing shops, consulting on their framing supply needs. His work resume includes Décor Moulding & Supply, Studio Moulding and Don Mar Moulding. He also represented the companies at various trade shows and also presented product lines at the New England Professional Picture Framers Association yearly convention.

Wool also spent 14 years with Boston Photo Imaging, working with clients in the healthcare, higher education, advertising and financial industries.

“South Street Gallery is a great place to be,” Wool said, adding, “I enjoy working with artists and individuals who need framing assistance, so that their work can be showcased in the best possible light. We are planning many exciting new innovations at the Gallery and we invite everyone to come by, say hello, and see what we’re doing.”

The South Boston native is an avid runner in his leisure time; he has run several marathons, several half marathons and a number of shorter races including 10K and 5K. He is married and the father of a daughter, who just became a registered nurse.