I'm late to the party on this discussion, but I recommend that once the GLX opens:For the MBTA, my plan would have only the 88 and 69 terminating at Lechmere
The outer 80 would be retained, but "turn back" after tagging the GLX@College & Red@Davis (doing the busway loop) using its current fleet to double frequency on this "outer" zone.
80 eliminated between College Ave and Lechmere
The 87 would terminate at Union Sq GLX and its current bus allocation would increase service or extend it to Arlington Heights
The inner 87 (Union to Lechmere) would be deleted (in favor of the 88)
Davis to Highland Ridge + OBrien Dash to Lechmere would see increased service
The outer 88 beyond Davis Sq would be deleted (in favor of the 87)
- 80: Re-route to Sullivan via Washington St
- Will connect to the GLX at four stations (College Ave, Ball Sq, Gilman Sq, and East Somerville), so turning down Washington St to connect to the OL is more of a value add for 80 riders than Lechmere would be.
- No connection is lost between Arlington Center, Medford Hillside, Tufts, Powderhouse, Ball Sq, Gilman Sq, and the Green Line.
- Would add a one-seat ride to/from the OL for Medford Hillside and Tufts.
- 87: Re-route to Sullivan via Washington St (and maybe via Webster and Prospect)
- Would connect to the GLX at East Somerville (and at least close to the Union Sq stop, or at the Union Sq stop with a Webster - Prospect routing), so turning down Washington St to connect to the OL is more of a value add for the 87 riders than Lechmere would be.
- No connection is lost between Arlington Center, Davis Square, Spring Hill, Union Square, and the Green Line.
- Would add a one-seat ride to/from the OL for East Arlington.
- 88: Maintain service to Lechmere
- Nearly all of the route is duplicated with OL-facing service (87+90) after the above changes.
- Would still provide a unique one-seat ride between Lechmere and Davis.
- Would maintain the lone service to the O'Brien/McGrath between East Somerville and Lechmere.