Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

August 17, 2012
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Two local grocery stores have been caught with food trucks parked illegally in MBTA bus stops while making deliveries.

John Rowse, who lives on Paul Gore Street, took pictures on July 13 and 20 of food trucks parked illegally in the MBTA bus stop in front of Whole Foods at 413 Centre St. during deliveries. The trucks were parked facing into oncoming traffic.

“The trucks park there regularly, usually in the early morning,” said Rowse in an email to the Gazette. “I emailed Whole Foods. They said they would deal with it. Shortly after that, the trucks were there again.”

A Whole Foods spokesperson did not have immediate comment.

On Aug. 10, the Gazette saw a food truck making a delivery at the Harvest Co-op Market at 57 South St. while illegally parked in a MBTA bus stop.

“The drivers know they are not supposed to do that,” said Chris Durkin, spokesperson for Harvest Co-op.

He said he will contact the company of the food trucks.

John Ruch contributed to this article.

A food truck parked illegally while making a delivery at Whole Foods in July. (Photo by John Rowse)

  • Sharnice T.

    I take the first bus from this stop Tuesday through Saturday. this truck (or any other like it) has never interfered with my transit. Why are you making a big deal of this? Wouldn’t the common sense approach be to let it be – since obviously they are trying not to disturb the rest of the neighbors? By carting the delivery in by hand they avoid this. If it is a noisy refrigerated truck, they are probably trying to be quiet and avoid waking the neighbors with the truck idling next to the house behind the store. Like any mother will tell you, pick your battles. You exaggerate by saying it is being used as Whole Foods private parking space, I think this store has been a good thing for the neighborhood and I know that it has given a lot of my neighbor jobs and all of us access to better food, a few minutes of illegal parking is part of life driving a truck in the city. Go pick on the trucks in the Back Bay or anywhere near Newbury St. It’s a few minutes, and we get our fresh delicious food delivered. I’m begging you to be a good neighbor. Are you perfect? Have you never needed to bend a rule for the greater good.

  • John Rowse

    Pepper, I shop at Whole Foods. I know they are here to stay. I just think that the bus stop is for the public bus not Whole Foods private parking space.

  • Pepper

    Someone needs to accept that Whole Foods IS HERE TO STAY (hooray) and stop making a big deal over a big nothing.

  • Scott

    all part of living in the city!