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Call for expanding T shuttle service

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After hearing from residents about what they want in a fixed-route bus service, town officials said Tuesday they would ask regional transportation leaders to consider implementing weekend and night service on the new bus that will connect Wellesley to the MBTA’s Green Line. About a half-dozen residents had requested weekend service at a forum hosted by Wellesley and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, which is providing the bus in a two-year pilot program funded by a $400,000 state grant. Tuesday’s session was one of two meetings slated for last week to gather public feedback on the new Route 8 shuttle bus that will run from Natick through Wellesley to the Green Line’s Woodland Station in Newton. The bus is slated to start service next month, said Meghan Jop, Wellesley’s planning director. Ed Carr, MWRTA’s administrator, said the shuttle was originally projected to run Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., traveling along Route 135 and Route 16 in Wellesley between Woodland Station and Natick’s community-senior center on East Central Street. However, where and when the bus stops may change after officials finish gathering public feedback this month. For more information on the bus route, visit www.wellesleyma.gov.

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