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Westborough Officials Cut Ribbon to Commemorate New Business Shuttle Service

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2013

Contact Information:
Stephen O’Neil, Administrator, Worcester Regional Transit Authority, (508) 453-3403

WESTBOROUGH _ On Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 a.m., Westborough officials, leaders of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, 495/Metrowest Partnership, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and local business leaders will commemorate the official launch of the new WRTA business shuttle service in Westborough, with a Ribbon Cutting event. The event will take place at the MBTA Commuter Rail Station in Westborough, on Smith Parkway and Fisher Street.

“We are very pleased to meet the growing transportation needs of the Town of Westborough by providing this new business shuttle service to members of its community,” said Stephen O’Neil, WRTA Administrator. “Westborough is a progressive and growing community with tremendous economic impact in our region. Both town officials and its Economic Development Committee were extraordinarily committed and diligent to making this happen as a benefit for Westborough.”

The Westborough Shuttle Service came to fruition after strategic planning with town officials, the Westborough Economic Development Committee, and the Worcester Regional Transit Authority.

“The new Westborough shuttle is a perfect example of the connection between solid transportation services and a strong economy,” said Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “This service will expand access to public transportation and make a positive difference for regional commuters and businesses.”

The 11 passenger business shuttle van offers 13 round trips throughout Westborough that include morning and evening trips to the town’s office parks and the Westborough MBTA Commuter Rail Station during commuter train hours. In addition, the weekday shuttle service will travel to: Computer Drive/Research Drive Office Park, Route 30 McDonalds, WestboroughHigh School, BayStateCommons, WestboroughSeniorCenter, and the Westborough Public Library.

“This has been a cooperative effort with the Town of Westborough. We’re very excited about the service and seeing it grow to meet the needs of the residents and employees of Westborough,” said Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Project Manager, Jonathan Church.

“The 495/MetroWest Partnership welcomes the new WRTA Shuttle Service in Westborough.  We see this as an important, positive step in addressing last mile needs of commuters, as well as providing previously unmet services for residents and employers.  Transportation options are critical to economic development in the 495/MetroWest region, and we were pleased to work with the Worcester RTA and other project partners to see this service become a reality,” said Jessica Strunkin, Deputy Director for the 495/MetroWest Partnership.

“We’re grateful for the shuttle. This is something we’ve long asked for and it will provide Westborough commuters the ability to finish their journey to Westborough. This will provide local businesses with health and vitality,” said Westborough Town Planner Jim Robbins.

“We are very excited at the Corridor Nine Chamber to see the beginning of a special service that is so important to both our businesses and residents in Westborough. It is a rare event when one new service can make such a positive impact in a town,” said Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce President, Barbara Clifford. “Our larger businesses have struggled with insufficient transportation needed by many of their employees, who wish to use public transportation. Many of our local residents wish to travel without using an automobile. We now have a new option in this town and we’re thrilled to support its growth!”

“It has been a pleasure working with the town, its Economic Development Committee and the many organizational and business partners that stepped up to the plate and collaborated in the successful launch of this initiative. We thank the employers in Westborough for making this an important part of their employee outreach, and hope our service grows in the years to come,” O’Neil said.

For complete route and fare information, visit www.therta.com.

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