As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to strengthening public transit in the Roxbury-Dorchester-Mattapan neighborhoods of Boston, the MBTA today announced transit improvements along the Bus Route 28 corridor from Mattapan Square to Ruggles Station via Dudley.
Responding to high ridership and overcrowding on the 5th busiest bus route in the system, the MBTA will roll out 25 new hybrid 60 foot buses, like the one seen at left, on Route 28 beginning Saturday, June 26. The longer buses are made possible as part of the T’s $30.7 million investment in ARRA stimulus funds to purchase new hybrid buses. The buses have approximately 50% more seats and are hybrid electric powered, resulting in cleaner exhaust, quieter engines, and improved fuel economy. A three door feature will allow customers to board and depart easier and quicker.
Effective Saturday, June 26, the entire Route 28 bus fleet, including 15 40’ buses, will be replaced with new 60’ vehicles. The current bus operating schedule along this route will remain unchanged. To enable the longer buses to fully pull up to the curb, many bus stops along the route will be lengthened. At some bus stops, this may result in the temporary removal of approximately 1 -2 automobile parking spaces.
Other upcoming projects improving transit throughout the Route 28 corridor include a MassDOT and MBTA Roxbury-Dorchester-Mattapan Transit needs study that will identify short and long term opportunities to improve transit service in the study area, along with MBTA’s Key bus route program implementing Route 28 corridor improvements such as stop consolidation, new shelters, traffic signal priority, and queue jump lanes. The first phase of these improvements will begin by Fall 2010. Station improvements at Dudley and Mattapan Square will occur early next year.
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