Not a Brahmin
- Jan 22, 2012
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Agreed that they're gonna need to restructure bus routes post-GLX. Buses like the 86 become more important because they don't simply link Orange and Red, but Orange, GLX-Tufts, GLX-Union, and Red. Cross-Somerville buses are tricky because northeast/southwest roads tend to be narrow and hilly, but a bus connecting Ball Square to Porter via Cedar (and some other pairing) could be good.I only meant truncate, not eliminate the routes entirely. I think the entirety of Somerville and East Cambridge needs a bus re-plan following GLX. I'll grant that bus service between Union and Twin City Plaza is fairly high-value, but commuters will be switching to GL as soon as possible an not riding all the way to Lechmere. I just don't see Lechmere as a bus hub any longer, so the bus loop seems completely backward looking rather than forward. They've had decades to re-plan the bus routes post-GLX and they seem to not have even started.
That said, I think Lechmere will still have a major role to play, especially because most of the stations of the Tufts branch won't have space to build busways. Tbh, I think that it makes more sense to keep the Lechmere leg of a lot of these bus routes for Twin City traffic, though perhaps at reduced frequencies.
For example, most 87s should probably terminate at Union, but maybe every two buses is an 87A that goes to Lechmere.
88s won't have any better terminus available, so they'll probably all continue to Lechmere. I won't speculate about the 80 because that one's got the most potential to change.
Plus we should consider the potential of new bus service linking Lechmere to Kendall and Lechmere to Assembly. We're still probably going to have at least three bus routes going to Lechmere if not 4+.