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Grant to fund a shuttle between Lexington and Alewife Station

Posted by Brock Parker  May 28, 2013 01:33 PM

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Lexington and the 128 Business Council have been awarded a federal transportation grant to pilot a commuter shuttle between the Hartwell Business District and Alewife Red Line MBTA Station.

The federal Jobs Access and Reverse Commute grant will provide about $160,000 for the shuttle bus, which is expected to begin running this September, according to Lexington’s Economic Development Director Melisa Tintocalis.

Lexington applied for the grant along with the 128 Business Council, which will operate the shuttle.

The bus will offer wi-fi internet service and will run on weekdays between the Alewife Red Line Station in Cambridge and the Hartwell Business District with three trips in the morning and three evening trips each day.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to cover about 80 percent of the operating costs in the first year, and several private property owners have pledged to cover the remaining costs.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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