The VTA bus doesn’t stop at the hospital


To the Editor:

On Monday, April 22, I made one of many recent trips to the M.V. Hospital to the radiology department for tests. I was on foot and in extreme discomfort. Luckily, I had a ride to the hospital, but on my own upon leaving.

Can anyone explain why the No. 13 bus does not drive into the hospital entrance to pick up passengers? This seems rather ludicrous that we have a public transit system which picks up passengers at the Y but not the hospital? If one is without transportation, you must hope there is a passenger riding the bus who wishes to get off there. That’s the only time a bus will enter the parking lot and you may be lucky enough to get a ride. I don’t understand why this isn’t a designated stop.

In pain, I had to once again walk on Beach Road with the traffic and go over the bridge into Vineyard Haven. Over this past winter, I’ve done this more than I care to in biting cold, snow, rain, and ice, watching the bus roll on by as I either enter or exit the hospital.

It is extremely difficult and dangerous to walk that stretch during high volume times of day, not to mention the seasonal addition of bikers, joggers, and mopeds.

If transit is not entering the hospital at regulated times, then the community needs safe areas constructed on both sides of the street at the hospital entrance.

I wish to thank the gentleman who was thoughtful enough to offer me a ride last week. He had no idea the pain I was in, and I am so grateful to him for his kindness.

Patrice Donofrio