The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority will begin servicing a new bus stop next month along Route 4 in Framingham, according to officials.
The new stop, at the corner of Herring Avenue and Loring Drive, will help accommodate riders who work at companies near the stop - Adesa, a used car auctioneer, and MCI - Framingham, a medium-security women’s prison.
MWRTA Administrator Ed Carr will join state and local officials to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26. State Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Chris Walsh, Framingham Selectman Chair Charlie Sistsky, and representatives from MCI - Framingham and Keefe Tech Vocational High School will attend.
The Adesa/MCI stop represents collaboration between the MWRTA and state and local officials, according to the transit authority. In addition to connecting these two employers into public transportation, the stop will service women who are transitioning back into the community housed in the adjacent South Middlesex Correctional Center, as well as families wishing to visit the inmates.
The MWRTA will start servicing the stop Monday, Nov. 5.
“Without the Metrowest legislative delegation’s advocating for public transportation, it would cease to exist," Carr said in a statement. "Public funds are the lifeblood of public transportation. Without public transportation, economic development would be hindered. It is a necessity for some, but an asset to everyone."
Students from Keefe Tech designed and built the bus shelter.
To see the schedule or map for this or other routes please visit mwrta.com. Anyone with questions about the new route can contact the MWRTA at 508-935-2222.
Currently, the MWRTA's route along Route 4 stops at the following places: Central Hub, Second and Beaver streets, Leland and Irving streets, Market Basket, Downtown Framingham, MetroWest Medical Center, Clark and Grant streets, Grant and Hartford streets, Old Connecticut Path, Natick Mall/Macy's, Shoppers World, Sherwood Plaza, and Concord and Howard streets. Service starts at 6:30 a.m. during the week and ends at 5:35 p.m. Currently, there is not Saturday service.
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