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Cambridge Shuttle Connects MIT, City

Amy Yen
A new shuttle bus offered by the Cambridge River Transportation Management Association connects MIT with several Cambridge businesses.

By Susan Buchman
staff reporter

A new shuttle service connecting MIT, Kendall Square, and other Cambridge businesses, sponsored by the Cambridge River Transportation Management Association, began service on August 11.

The twenty-eight passenger bus, operated by Paul Revere Transportation, will be available to MIT students and employees of other participating companies. The shuttle runs from 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. MITstudents may take advantage of the service using their student IDs.

The Charles River TMA now operates in addition to Safe Ride, which runs at night, the MIT/Wellesley bus, and the Lincoln Laboratory shuttle. "This shuttle is being established on a trial basis," said Lydia S. Snover, assistant director for Planning Information.

"I think it will be most useful to Tang or Westgate students, especially during the winter. Off-campus students will probably find it's faster to walk to their labs on the east side of campus rather than waiting for the shuttle to get from the Kendall," said Geoffrey J. Coram G, president of the Graduate Student Council.

"I applaud MIT for being involved in the project, and hope its success will encourage other transportation options for the campus," he said.

For MIT, the shuttle is also a tool to facilitate employee training. "W89 contains a computer training center where employees are trained to use the new accounting system as well as other computer based applications," Snover said. The shuttle should improve access to this site.

Program's future uncertain

The fate of the shuttle program is contingent upon ridership in the first six months, and the Planning Office encourages students and employees to try out the shuttle and inform the office of their opinion.

The schedule for the shuttle may undergo changes as well. The route and schedule have undergone many revisions in response to rider input and a new schedule was be implemented on Monday, September 8.

The new schedule will use separate morning, afternoon, and evening routes to best fit the different demands for each time of day. The stops are located at Technology Square, Binney Street (One Kendall Square), 238 Main St., MBTA, MIT Building. 39, the intersection of Vassar and Amesbury, the intersection of Vassar and Memorial, and 640 Memorial Drive. The Charles River TMA will publish detailed schedules in the near future.