"Better Bus Project" calls for the elimination
of the Route 80 bus, which currently runs from
Lechmere to Arlington Center. According to the MBTA, "new
rail service (the Green Line Extension) replaces
part of Route 80." This logic makes sense east
of College Avenue, as the current route runs parallel
to the new light rail service.
West of College Avenue, A Better 80
to Arlington Heights would provide Somerville,
Medford, and Arlington neighborhoods with
convenient access to the new Green Line and Boston.
Join your neighbors in supporting A Better 80
bus service connecting the new Green Line Extension
with Somerville, Medford, and Arlington neighborhoods.
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- The Boston
Region Metropolitan Planning Organization walked
back its initial commitment to extending the
Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway, in
order to reduce the project's cost. Aligning bus
service along Boston Avenue to the Green Line
trains, west of Tufts, compensates for the unbuilt
portion of the Green Line Extension.
- The MBTA
charges Arlington an annual assessment weighted
by nine times the town's population. These
weights are equal to communities with extensive
fixed rail service like Newton, Medford, and
December 2, 2020, Arlington's Select Board
cited the unfair MBTA assessments and the heavy
utilization of transit in town as critical reasons
for improved service to the Green Line Extension.
They argued against the elimination of Route 80,
because it is the only bus service connecting
Arlington to the Green Line Extension.
- Frequent Route 80 service
is not an expensive addition to the network.
No more than 6 peak hour buses would be
required to provide frequent service on a
short 4.3 mile route.
- Depending on
the time of day, Route 80 buses can travel between
Arlington Center and the new Tufts-Medford stop in
6-14 minutes. The bus travels along a route that
is shorter and less congested than Route 77's path
along Massachusetts Avenue, connecting Arlington
to the Red Line at Porter or Harvard.
Route 80 service will create an easy, practical
connection at West
Medford Station for Arlington riders who
choose to access the MBTA Commuter Rail.
Walk off the train, get on the bus. A
Better 80 would align service to allow for a
fast, easy transfer from Green Line trains to buses.
here for a sample Route 80 bus schedule and
weekday travel times.