Service on the new fixed route bus service in Wellesley began Monday morning.
Route 8 provides service between many residential and commercial destinations in Wellesley between the Natick Mall and Woodland Green Line Station. Hours of service are 6:20 to 8:30 a.m. and 5:11 to 7:30 p.m. and a local circular between those hours.
This route was made possible by a $400,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to the Metrowest Regional Transit Authority. According to a press release by the Transit Authority, the funding is provided through the Federal Transit Administration's Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The grant program recognizes Wellesley as a business enterprise center and the need to provide public transit access to businesses and other places of employment in Wellesley and the Metrowest area. The service is also designed to provide the general public with transit access within Wellesley.
The bus service features the same Charlie Card fare collection equipment as on all Metrowest Regional Transit Authority, MBTA subway, trolley and bus lines to streamline fare payment between the two systems. Cash fares are also accepted. The vehicles used will accommodate disabled as well as bike riders, providing improved alternate mode access to the town's commercial areas, municipal locations and educational institutions.
"The new Wellesley service will build connections between the Boston and the MetroWest region allowing people to live, work and play seamlessly across the area without the use of a car" said Ed Carr, administrator of the MWRTA.For the schedule and map visit the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority website.