GreenRoots organizes and engages our transit-dependent community in accessing more reliable, affordable and equitable public transportation. A majority of Chelsea and East Boston residents rely on public transportation to get to work, school and important appointments. Join us in the fight for a people-centered public transportation system!

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Low car-ownership in Chelsea causes residents to rely heavily on public transportation. Approximately one third of residents do not own a car, and therefore must rely on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) bus and train routes or on rideshares to transport them.

American Community Survey (ACS), 2014-2018, Table DP04

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    Preserving the 112 Bus Route

    Threatened to be altered significantly.  This bus route serves two isolated neighborhoods where seniors, veterans, and low-income residents rely on this service.

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    Chelsea Public Transit Task Force

    Establishing the Chelsea Public Transit Task Force with the MBTA’s General Manager to address service concerns facing Chelsea riders.

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    Winning fare mitigation

    Winning fare mitigation (free fares) on the Silver Line and commuter rail during major construction projects on the Tobin Bridge

  • The ECO Youth Crew by an MBTA bus holding up their Youth Passes.

    Reduce Youth Pass

    Winning a reduced fare Youth Pass for youth ages 12-25

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    Bus Lanes

    Won a dedicated bus lane on the Tobin Bridge and bus lanes through Chelsea’s downtown.

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Ruth Alcantara

Environmental Justice and Anti-Displacement Fellow

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Ruth Alcantara (she, her, hers / they, them, theirs)

Ruth joined the GreenRoots team in October 2022 as a RAY fellow. Ruth has been acting as an organizer for GreenRoots in various project areas such as Transit and Climate Justice when support is needed. She works part-time with the Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust to promote land sovereignty for the people of Chelsea. Ruth is passionate about Housing and Land rights and how important they are to the Environmental Justice Movement. 

Ruth is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied Environmental Studies. While in college, Ruth amassed over two years of experience working in policy-advocacy, communications, and grassroots organizing roles at the local level by assisting in the creation of a regional Green New Deal for the Central Coast. In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending one on one time with friends, eating, experimentally cooking, and exploring new places.

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  • Low-income MBTA fare reduction unanimously approved

    The MBTA board approved a half-price fare program for Massachusetts riders earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, set to launch this summer after a decade of advocacy. Estimated to cost up to $62 million annually by 2029, the initiative will offer reduced fares across all MBTA services, benefiting an estimated 62,000 riders.

  • A Zine Brings Community Data to Vibrant Life

    • In the News

    The "Chelsea Chronicles: Navigating Life and Transit" zine uses fictionalized stories and artistic submissions to convey the struggles and resilience of Chelsea residents, based on findings from the Healthy Neighborhoods Study. By transforming data into relatable narratives, the zine makes critical information accessible to the community, addressing issues like financial insecurity, food scarcity, and housing challenges.

  • How to get around the Sumner Tunnel closure

    • In the News

    The Sumner Tunnel is closed 24/7 from July 5 through the end of August, in the first of two big shutdowns for much-needed restoration work on the 88-year-old harbor tunnel.

Your support is crucial in ensuring our work continues.

For 30 years, GreenRoots has restored acres of urban salt marsh, created new parks, increased public access to the waterfront and improved the water quality of Chelsea Creek.

Our organizing model is rooted in base-building and community, and your help makes us a stronger force. A contribution to GreenRoots means an investment in the futures of Chelsea and East Boston!

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