3rd MBTA meeting on bus-route changes in Arlington set for Dec. 8

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UPDATED Nov. 21: The MBTA has scheduled a third virtual meeting to discuss proposed changes in bus routes affecting Arlington. It is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, on Zoom. 

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To be presented are the results of the fare and service equity analyses for the bus network redesign. These equity analyses aim to meet the MBTA’s federal civil-rights obligation to analyze service changes and any fare impacts that may occur from mode shift, for any disparate impacts on minority riders or disproportionate burdens on low-income riders. Following the presentation, MBTA and MassDOT staff will be available to answer questions from the public. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Upon joining you will be prompted to share your first name, last name and email address. Meeting attendees will be entered into the project’s email database to receive updates. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the event page for those who cannot attend.  

Thank you to everyone who attended the Nov. 14 virtual meeting. A recording of the meeting and breakout rooms is expected to be posted to the event page soon.

 The recordings from the initial Nov. 2 meeting are currently available on the event page. 

revised bus network map, based on feedback received on the draft map released six months ago, was made public Oct. 27. Find out more about the planned changes here >>

The changes are part of the Better Bus Project, the T’s plan to update the system to meet the changing needs of greater Boston, the MBTA’s website. says.

The MBTA has said that more than 20,000 comments were received on the Draft Bus Network Map and that changes were made to 85 of the 133 proposed bus routes for five primary reasons: to respond to feedback; to improve access to hospitals and senior centers; to reduce walking distances in certain areas; to preserve existing one-seat rides; and to balance resources.

The Revised Bus Network continues to increase service by 25 percent across the system, and it doubles the number of high-frequency corridors, or those in which buses arrive every 15 minutes or less, according to the MBTA.

For those traveling from Arlington, proposed changes in the May draft included the extension of Route 90 and the addition of the new 54 bus route with weekend services.

According to the revised proposal, Route 90 has been rerouted to provide Green Line connection at East Somerville Station, and the frequency has increased. The bus will now arrive at least every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and at least every 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. seven days per week.

In addition, the 54 bus route has been rerouted via Pleasant Street rather than Waverly Street in Belmont, and it has been changed to end at Waltham Center. The frequency has also been modified, with buses arriving at least every 60 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at least every 90 minutes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week.

Route 80 from Burlington to Davis via Woburn, Arlington and Medford Hillside has added new service in place of the proposed Route 350 and will serve the Burlington Mall. Route 80 service has also been restored from Arlington to Davis Square via Boston Avenue and extended until 1 a.m.

A complete list and description of bus route changes is available at mbta.com/BNRD.

The T's management also reported that it plans to complete an equity analysis of the revised bus network by December. A public meeting to discuss that analysis is to be held this winter. 

July 21, 2022: Public meeting held on MBTA bus network plan

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2022, based on information provided by the MBTA, and updated Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

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