Randolph/Stoughton Mobility Hubs
Shuttle vans from housing complexes
Call for action in Stoughton:
Route 138, the main street of Stoughton, has zero bus service at all. Looking at a map of the MBTA bus network, there's a missing "spoke" on the hub system -- Rt 24 and Rt 138 have no bus service, while all other similar roads DO have bus service (like Rt 28 in Randolph, Rt 138 to Canton, and Rt 109 to Norwood). What can we do about it?!
Our proposed Randolph shuttle van passes through Stoughton, and we'd like to include Stoughton residents. We submitted a petition to the Randolph Town Council to create two shuttle van routs in Randolph; a third route (shown in purple at upper right) could include Rt 138 in Stoughton. This would help Randolph residents too, since the route would include Randolph and Canton.
Bus #716 goes to Cobbs Corner; it never enters Stoughton. It'd be a nice connection via a husttle van from Stoughton to use that bus to connect to the Red Line extension (Mattapan Square).
The Stoughton Commuter Rail goes to South Station to the north and Providence to the south -- but it's a very long walk from most residences in Stoughton, and has limited parking. The purpose of the shuttle van is to allow residents to use the commuter rail and other transit systems, without needing a car to get to the transit hubs.
The map of MBTA bus routes is shown below, with Stoughton omitted! Let's fix this! It's very difficult to get the MBTA to change their bus routes, so we're proposing creating our own.
Randolph has a commuter rail station and three bus lines, but many people live too far away to use them daily. it's only a few miles to the Braintree T station but there is no bus that goes directly there -- why not?!
We could fix that with a shuttle van that runs back-and-forth from housing complexes to train stations and bus stops, and to nearby shopping destinations too.
There are state grants available for "Mobility Hubs" like this -- for example Acton implemented a shuttle van through a MAPC grant.
Having a Randolph shuttle van service would mean that thousands of residents could skip purchasing a car, and instead rely on the shuttle van -- reducing emissions and traffic while improving public health and mobility.
Please spread the word about this proposal, and Councilor Gordon will introduce it to the Town Council when enough of the public will support it.
|Committee to Elect Jesse Gordon, 52 West St, Randolph MA 02368|
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