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T's bus changes for town to take effect in March; no fare hike

MBTA bus imageThe Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has refined the service adjustments as part of its Forging Ahead initiative and has announced that bus-service changes will take effect March 14. 

Fares are not proposed to increase at this time.

As announced in December, MBTA bus service in Arlington will have the approved service changes, refined as follows:

  • Route 80 (Arlington Center to Lechmere Station) will not be suspended, but will experience weekday and Saturday schedule changes throughout the day;
  • Route 67 (Turkey Hill to Alewife Station) will provide only weekday service between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. And 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and
  • Route 77 (Arlington Heights to Harvard Station) will experience weekday, Saturday, and Sunday frequency decreases throughout the day.

The following bus service changes remain as approved by the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board in December:

  • Suspension of service on Route 79 (Arlington Heights to Alewife Station);
  • Consolidation of Routes 78 and 84 (Arlmont Village to Harvard Station and Arlmont Village to Alewife Station); and
  • Consolidation of Routes 62 and 76 (Bedford VA Hospital to Alewife Station and Hanscom Air Force Base to Alewife Station).

The full list of service adjustments throughout the system can be found on the MBTA’s website. The MBTA will hold two virtual public hearings on the spring service changes, set for 6 p.m. On two Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and 24. Register for these events via the MBTA’s website.

Further, on Feb. 1, the MBTA submitted an environmental form to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This process provides meaningful opportunities for public review of potential environmental impacts of certain projects for which certain actions by state agencies are required. The MBTA’s legislation requires submitting this form and review by the MEPA office if a decrease in service of 10 percent or more is proposed even if the service reductions do not exceed the thresholds required. The form may be reviewed on the Forging Ahead Environmental Review page. 

The MEPA office will accept comments about the form before making its determination and issuing a certificate on its adequacy. Comments must be submitted no later than Tuesday, March 2. Those wishing to submit comments are encouraged to use MEPA’s Public Comment Portal or submitted electronically to the general MEPA email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See the MBTA’s Forging Ahead page for more information on the service changes. For questions regarding the changes in Arlington, contact Daniel Amstutz, senior transportation planner in Arlington’s Department of Planning & Community Development at 781-316-3093 or damstutz at

Dec. 28, 2020: MBTA to bank U.S. relief funds; town details Arlington cuts


 This announcement was published Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The writer is Joan Roman of the Town of Arlington.

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