- Nov 13, 2021
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There's actually not much of "increased and more frequent bus connections" at Newtonville, even in the Bus Network Redesign (BNRD).Getting rid of Newtonville isn’t ideal as it’s the busiest of the Newton stops by far and has key destinations at it but its proximity to Newton Corner and the increased and more frequent bus connections there outweigh the negatives of removing Newtonville.
The BNRD has routes 56, 58 and 59 stop at Newtonville station. However, they provide similar service levels compared to today's 553, 554, 556 and 59:
- Both the 56 and the 58 have 50-min frequencies all day, even during peak hours, for a combined average frequency of 25 mins. This is at best a sidegrade, and at worst a downgrade over today's 553, 554 and 556, which collectively operate 9 inbound trips between 6:30am and 9:08am, for an average peak frequency of ~20 mins (albeit uncoordinated, with a 49-min gap between 7:38am and 8:27am).
- The 59 is listed as 25-min frequencies during peak, but it's only a minor improvement from today (30 min during peak).
- All these routes only go as far east as Newton Corner and/or Watertown, so you'd still have to transfer to Commuter Rail at Newton Corner (which, in the Reasonable Transit Pitches world here, will probably only have :30 freqs at best), express buses (501, 504) or local Frequent Bus Routes (T57, T70, T71). The latter two options already exist today, so they're independent of Commuter Rail service.