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Christenson “troubled” by proposed MBTA cuts to affect Malden’s east side

MALDEN – In a letter sent to NAME Davis, general manager of the MBTA, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson expressed concerns about potential cuts to services that serve the people of Malden, particularly “troubled” with the second scenario that would eliminate four routes that provide access to the entire east side of the city.

“With only four different bus routes providing service to the entire east side of our city, via the Salem Street corridor, there are many senior citizens as well as high school students who will be left with very few transportation options under the proposed cuts,” Christenson writes.

“Much of our senior population depends on these routes.”

“Many of those residents no longer drive, making this MBTA service crucial to maintaining their independence.”

Christenson closed the letter with a strong request Davis and the MBTA reconsider “these four vital bus lines”, looking for further opportunity to discuss the situation further if possible.

Fare increases are part of both scenarios proposed, and certain to come in this new year.

A public meeting for Malden residents to voice their concerns is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 at 6PM in the council chambers at Government Center.

In one of the scenarios designed to close the transit authority’s budget shortfall— “scenario 2” —the MBTA would cut 101 weekday bus routes, 69 Saturday routes and 50 Sunday bus routes. As part of that proposal, the MBTA would make cuts and reductions to at least twelve bus routes that serve Malden:

Bus 97: Services Malden Center to Wellington Station. Under “scenario 2,” this service would be eliminated.

Bus 99: Services Boston Regional Medical Center to Wellington Station. Under “scenario 2,” this service would be eliminated.

Bus 105: Services Malden Station to Sullivan Station via Main Street. Under “scenario 2,” this service would be eliminated.

Bus 106: Services Franklin Sq. or Lebanon Street Loop to Wellington Station. Under “scenario 2,” this service would be eliminated.

Bus 108: Services Linden Square to Wellington Station. Under “scenario 2,” this service would be eliminated.

Bus 131: Services the Melrose Highlands to Malden Station. Under “scenario 2,” weekday service would be eliminated.

Bus 132: Services the Redstone Shopping Center to Malden Station. Under “scenario 2,” Saturday and weekday services would be eliminated.

Bus 134: Services North Woburn to Wellington Station. Under “scenario 2,” services would be less frequent (though just how infrequent is not specified in the report).

Bus 136: Services Reading Depot to Malden Station. Under “scenario 1,” weekend services would be eliminated. Under “scenario 2,” all services would be eliminated.

Bus 137: Services Reading Depot to Malden Station via North Ave. Under “scenario 2,” all services would be eliminated.

Bus 411: Services Malden Station to Revere/Jack Satter House. Under “scenario 2,” weekend services would be eliminated.

Bus 430: Services Saugus to Malden Station. Under “scenario 2,” this service would only run on Sundays.

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