Work on Mass. Ave. from the Heights' depot to Pond Lane that will include new bus shelters could begin as early as late July and continue to Aug. 31.
The MBTA said in a news release that work on Route 77 is part of improvements to 15 key areas in the region and is paid for with federal funds.
Improvements will include:
• Installation of benches, trash receptacles and solar compactors at bus stops where the sidewalk is wide enough to accommodate them.
• Installation of four bus shelters, at Appleton Street, Quincy Street, Newman Way and Lockland Avenue. All are at eastbound stops, toward Cambridge.
• Consolidation of the bus stops at Pine Court and Robbins Road into a single stop at Quincy Street.
• New signage and pavement markings.
• Some bus stops will be elongated in order to allow the bus to pull completely off the road. This allows use of the handicapped-accessible lifts, and also helps with traffic flow.
The T's release said MassDOT's Mass. Ave. Project, yet to receive final federal approval, is not part of this summer's work. Four additional shelter locations are part of the East Arlington project.
In 2011, the MBTA held a public hearing and a public meeting regarding the proposed changes, which include some consolidation of stops, the addition of benches and shelters, and making all of the stops handicapped accessible for bus riders. The Arlington Transportation Advisory Committee, Planning Department, and Department of Public Works reviewed the changes and in December 2011, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the plan with recommendations to the MBTA.
For additional information including maps of the all routes planned for improvements, see http://mbta.com/
This story was published Tuesday June 25, 2013.