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MBTA Introduces New Bus Routes, One Connects Huntington to Campus

By Shang-Lin Chuang

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority introduced three new Crosstown Transit routes last Monday that traverse Boston and Cambridge near the perimeter of MIT.

The bus routes will make it easier for customers to access certain universities and the medical areas, said MBTA spokesperson Julie Bottom.

The CT1 route mainly runs along Massachusetts Avenue from the Boston University Medical Center to Central Square. CT2 stops are strategically located near MIT and Boston University, with stops at Tang Hall and Huntington Hall - a six-minute and 22-minute ride from the Kendall T station, respectively. CT3 is a continuation of the Boston side of the CT2 route.

These routes were established "to meet the needs of the people who are traveling around the city instead of across," Bottom said.

The bus is convenient, economical, and "really quite pleasant," said Robert R. Barrimond '94, a Huntington Hall resident. "I used my car [prior to the bus], and it was a hassle to find parking during the mid-morning hours."

The CT1 route starts at the BU Medical Center and travels along Massachusetts Avenue to its final destination at Central Square. Among its nine stops are the Boston City Hospital, the Massachusetts Avenue Orange Line station, the Symphony Hall Green Line Station, the Hynes Auditorium Green Line station, and MIT at 77 Massachusetts Ave. The bus runs every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The CT2 route starts in Boston, crosses the BU Bridge, and ends by running along Vassar Street around MIT to the Kendall T-station.

The CT2 bus starts at Huntington Avenue and Ruggles Street by the Museum of Fine Arts, then continues down Huntington Avenue, passing by Huntington Hall, the Children's Hospital on Longwood Avenue, Beth Israel Hospital on Brookline Avenue, and Park Drive at the Fenway Green Line Station.

It stops on Commonwealth Avenue by the BU Bridge, Amesbury and Vassar Street near Tang Hall, the corner of Vassar Street and Massachusetts Avenue, and Kendall Square.

This 10-stop route runs every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The CT3 bus is a continuation of the CT2 route, providing service from Beth Israel to Andrew Station.

An MBTA Crosstown Transit Feasibility Study predicts that the three new routes will carry more than 7,500 riders each day, according to Tech Talk ["New T buses link MIT, BCH, Longwood, Huntington Dorm," Sept. 21]. The bus fare is $0.60 per person.