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WRTA’s New Worcester Bus Plan Angers Downtown Riders

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The opening of the Worcester Regional Transportation Authority (WRTA) Transportation Hub has provoked outspoken criticism and concern from Worcester locals, which was voiced in two public meetings held at the Hub on Wednesday.

The Hub was opened on May 28th, 2013, at Union Station to serve as facility to promote connections with other modes of transportation, but recent proposed re-routings of bus lines have locals concerned that WRTA is sweeping downtown bus riders out of the area, to a less-convenient spot. “The bus system is here today and gone tomorrow, the schedule has changed three times. They are so anxious to get rid of us,” said local community activist, Jo Hart.

“That is the farthest thing from the truth,” said WRTA administrator Stephen O’Neil, in response to Hart’s comments about “cleaning out” the downtown area. He explained that though there are a number of problems to solve, over time it will provide great service to local bus-riders. The purpose of opening the Hub at Union Station was to provide a “one-stop shop,” as Stephen O’Neil put it. “Union Station is a reasonable transportation center. There are trains, taxis and Peter Pan buses, but up until recently, there were no city buses,” he said.

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