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Metrowest RTA Route 20 Shuttle Ribboncutting 2019MassDOT is pleased to join the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) in announcing a yearlong pilot shuttle service along a portion of Route 20 that began on Monday, June 10. On weekdays, the shuttle makes three round trips in the morning and three in the evening from the Target Store in Marlborough to Riverside Station with various stops in Marlborough, Sudbury, and Wayland. Additional details and the full MWRTA service schedule are available online at MWRTA.com.

MWRTA is providing the shuttle service using a $350,000 grant received from MassDOT. The grant is part of a competitive $5.1 million grant program made possible through the Baker-Polito Administration that provides additional funding to Regional Transit Authorities to implement best practices and innovative services. MWRTA aims to reduce congestion on Route 20 and connect Sudbury into the MWRTA and MBTA transportation networks.

“We are pleased to see the MetroWest RTA use their grant to offer this valuable and innovative service to communities along Route 20,” said MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator Astrid Glynn. “The shuttle service will help achieve the Baker-Polito Administration’s transportation goals outline in the Commission on the Future of Transportation’s report of moving more people in fewer vehicles and increasing the connectivity of public transportation to bridge first and last mile gaps.”

“The MWRTA is optimistic that the Route 20 Shuttle will be as successful as the MWRTA Route 1 because of the reverse commute element.” said MWRTA Administrator Ed Carr.

The pilot service provides an additional option for commuters going from the MetroWest region into Boston as well as for commuters going from Boston to the MetroWest region. Since the launch of the pilot, MWRTA has reporter that a majority of ridership has been commuters from Boston coming into the MetroWest region. The shuttle also offers complimentary WiFi to allow passengers to effectively use their laptops and other electronic devices.

The pilot will run until June 30, 2020 after which MWRTA officials will evaluate performance data and operating costs for the program and determine whether the service should become permanent.

The fare structure for the service will be the same as other MWRTA services: adult cash fares are $1.50 and Charlie Card fares are $1.25. For riders with disabilities and senior citizens, the cash fare is 75 cents and the disabled/senior Charlie Card fare is 70 cents. Children under 6 ride for free when accompanied by an adult. Students with a valid student ID card can ride for $1 cash.

The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority and the Town of Sudbury held a ribboncutting event for the service at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24 at Shaw’s Supermarket in Sudbury.

The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to work with the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to improve transit connections throughout the region. Through the grant from MassDOT, MWRTA will work to realize the Baker-Polito Administration’s goals outlined in Choices for Stewardship: Recommendations to Meet the Transportation Future. RTAs are crucial to bridging the first and last mile gaps and by coordinating services across jurisdictions; RTAs can create a stronger integrated transit system across the Commonwealth.

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