Friday, July 25, 2008

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Announces a Route 9 Shuttle

Just read about this in an exclusive to the Worcester Business Journal.
The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority has received preliminary approval for a shuttle service along Route 9 that would run to and from the Green Line during morning and evening commuting hours, according to its administrator Ed Carr.
Funding still needs to be approved by the Federal Transit Administration and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation.

I think this is a great idea. Route 9 is a major transportation hub with a lot of companies located on it. If employees live in Boston but work on Route 9, commuting by the T may not make sense because it is really hard to get from a Green Line station to work.

Back in the late 1990s, I worked in Waltham. A lot of people I worked with lived in Boston, but they still drove to work as it was nearly impossible to use public transportation to get to work. The Waltham MBTA commuter rail station is located in downtown Waltham, a good distance away from the office parks that abut Route 128.

This will be an interesting development to watch.

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