WRTA to hold public informational meetings

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority will hold informational meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 1:00 pm at their 287 Grove St. office, and another on Dec. 10 at 5:30 pm at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center, located at 16 Greenwood St.

The meetings will be regarding the WRTA’s proposed “service adjustments” for ten of its routes next year. The whole press release is provided after the jump, including the list of bus routes affected and how they’ll be changing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 4, 2009

WRTA to hold informational meetings on proposed service adjustments in 2010

 

WORCESTER _ The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) will be hosting two informal informational meetings next week to discuss the proposed service adjustments to take effect in January 2010.  These meetings are open to the public and are being held on Wednesday, December 9 at 1 p.m. at the WRTA Office, located at 287 Grove St., Worcester and on Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Quinsigamond Village Community Center, 16 Greenwood St., Worcester.

“Many of these proposed changes have come from our riders who have collaborated with the WRTA individually or through the myriad of public meetings held to solicit comments over the past two years. In fact, as a result of the many comments received from the public, the WRTA created a Rider Advocacy Board to advise us or route changes especially in these daunting fiscal times,” said John Carney, general manager of RTA Services, Inc.

The proposed changes will affect a total of 10 routes.

“We evaluated our entire system looking to see how we could consolidate and restructure to be as fiscally responsible for our riders as possible, while minimizing any disruption to service. We are constantly reviewing our routes to attract more riders to our system,” said WRTA Administrator Stephen O’Neil. “We found that certain routes worked better being re-routed or consolidated and feel these proposed changes would provide more frequency within our existing budget.”

The proposed service adjustments include:

  • Route 1– Existing times will change slightly and will now connect with Route 11.
  • Route 3– Existing times will change slightly and will now connect with Route 30.
  • Route 4– New stops will be added to Wal-Mart on RT.146, on all inbound and outbound runs.
  • Route 8– This route will be eliminated. All riders will now use Route 24.
  • Route 11– The existing schedule will change slightly with addition of new stops to Wal-Mart on RT. 146 on all inbound and outbound runs. Route 11 will connect directly with Route 1.
  • Route 15– This route is being re-routed from City Hall via Shrewsbury Street, to UMass Medical before continuing on to Shrewsbury. This route will no longer serve the Hamilton Street/Grafton Street area.
  • Route 16– This route is being re-routed from City Hall via Grafton Street, Hamilton Street and Lake Ave., to UMass Medical before continuing to Lincoln Plaza, Worcester. This route will no longer serve Shrewsbury Street.
  • Route 24– This route will now service Green Hill Tower Apartments on inbound runs replacing the service provided from Route 8, which is being eliminated.
  • Route 25-This route will no longer service the Auburn Mall. All runs will now terminate at Auburn Industrial Park in Auburn. Adjustments to this service will now allow service on Boyce Street, Auburn and Hope Ave., Worcester on all inbound and outbound runs.
  • Route 30– All runs will service Salter School and Wal-Mart in West Boylston. Route 30 will now connect with both Route 3 and Route 6 at varying times, see schedule for exact trips.

“As we enter the New Year, the fiscal health of our state is still precarious. Therefore we are endeavoring to take every necessary precaution to make sure our service is streamlined and of the most optimum for our riders,” O’Neil added.

Those wishing to send written comments may submit them to the WRTA Office at 287 Grove St, Worcester or by email to csfeedback@therta.com by noon on Dec. 16.

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