February 16, 2012
MGH Institute President Janis Bellack on February 8, 2012, sent the following letter detailing the Boston health sciences graduate school's reasons why the MBTA should not cut services, as it is considering.
Dear MBTA Board of Directors:
I am writing to you on behalf of the entire school community at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
We are all very concerned about the proposed cuts in bus and ferry service to the Navy Yard. Since parking in the Navy Yard is very limited, our 1100 students and 165 faculty and staff rely on these vital services daily to get to class or come to work. Many faithfully take the F4 Long Wharf to Charlestown Ferry or rely on the #93 MBTA bus service from Sullivan Station as a way to get to campus.
The Institute is a graduate school that focuses exclusively on the health professions: nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology. Students come to the Institute because they are determined to make a difference in the lives of others, and rely on their graduate education to do so. Many come to the Institute with undergraduate loans, and most are taking on significant loans to complete their graduate work. Their budgets are tight, and they rely on the affordability of public transportation to get to our Charlestown campus.
Given the expanding health care needs, the Institute projects that our enrollment will grow significantly in the coming years. We are expanding current programs and adding new programs. By 2020, we anticipate having upwards of 2000 students and 250 faculty and staff on our Charlestown campus – a 66% increase.
Needless to say, our reliance on the MBTA bus and ferry service is going to grow significantly.
The services the MBTA provides are vital not only to our students’ success but also to the local health care needs. The affordable and reliable services the MBTA provides are crucial to the important work we do every day.
Please feel to free to call or email if you need additional information or have any questions.
Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN
President and John Hilton Knowles Professor