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2013 News

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In Worcester, Patrick Touts Public Investments

Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday resumed his effort to publicize public investments in the wake of this year’s tax hikes. In Worcester, Patrick was scheduled to announce $15.9 million in funding for a new building at Quinsigamond Community College and $14 million toward a new maintenance facility for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority.

November Schedule Changes

WRTA Customer Bulletin Summary of Fixed-Route Service Changes for November 9, 2013 The Following Routes will have schedule changes during weekday afternoons:  2, 3, 6, 7, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30, 31, & 33. New Schedules are available here. In addition: Route 14: Schedule will remain the same however one timepoint on the schedule will change […]

WRTA performance still lags

WORCESTER — As the city’s bus service chips away at its poor on-time-performance rate, it is expanding service into four more towns in the region starting Dec. 1.

At a meeting Thursday morning, the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s advisory board voted in favor of adjustments to the schedule for 14 of the 26 routes to improve on-time performance.

WRTA Solar Monitoring System

The WRTA is pleased to announce that the Solar Panel Monitoring System is now available for public viewing. To date, since being implemented in late July, the Solar Panels have generated over 12 MegaWatts of Electricity that is helping to offset the cost of electricity for the agency by thousands of dollars.  With a mixed […]

At least Canal’ers like The RTA

UNION STATION—You would think that “Charlie on the MTA” as immortalized in song by The Kingston Trio had it easy compared to such disenchanted users of The RTA here as Tricia Perry of Worcester who in a letter to the editor of the Sunday Telegram said “park the shuttle and bring back the buses.”

Bus service to, from Worcester to begin in December

Beginning Dec. 1, residents have another option of getting to Worcester. Bus service provided by the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) will begin that date as a trial service.

The trial period for the bus service will last until the end of June next year to see if residents are truly interested and whether it is a needed service in town. At the end of the trial, town officials will determine whether to continue the service.

Does WRTA need bus ‘Garage Mahal?’

When the Union Station municipal parking garage was built in 2007 it was dubbed “Garage Mahal” because of its then-exorbitant $21.5 million price tag.

Mind you, that was for a five-story, 503-space parking garage.

WRTA seeks land for $60 million fleet maintenance center

WORCESTER — The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is moving to acquire property on Quinsigamond Avenue for its new $60 million vehicle maintenance and operations center by December, according to WRTA Administrator Stephen F. O’Neil.

The WRTA is seeking to purchase nearly 11 acres at 40 Quinsigamond Ave., across from Crompton Park. The property is owned by NSTAR, the Boston-based gas and electric utility.

WRTA to Build $38 Million Maintenance Facility on Quinsigamond Ave.

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) has planned two public meetings to discuss the $38 million maintenance facility to be built near Compton Park on Quinsigamond Avenue in Worcester. The new facility would replace the current one on Grove Street, host and maintain WRTA vehicles, and boast high tech updates like an electric car charging station and solar panels.

The new facility, which would be located in the heart of Worcester’s Canal District, will largely be funded by a grant sponsored by Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).

Taking music to the streets

Imagine a Worcester with performers out every day at street corners and parks, even buskers at the new WRTA hub.

Musician and singer-songwriter Julius Jones has seen such tuneful goings on in other cities. “If you visit any major city in this country, street performance is a vital part of the lifeblood of the city, hearing a sax player in the subway, being impressed by the mime on the corner,” Jones noted.

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