Comment on Changes to MBTA Bus Routes

This notice came from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.

The MBTA is considering a number of changes to bus routes system-wide, including to routes connecting Newton, Needham, Watertown and Dedham.

Some of the T’s Better Bus plan will be seen as beneficial but others could represent a significant loss of service for some. We urge you to review the links below and provide input by March 13 to these proposals before any decisions are finalized.

  • Among the changes that would impact both Newton – as well as Needham – is a reworking of the No. 59 bus route, which travels from Watertown across Newton and on to Needham Junction. This proposal would double the bus frequency on Needham Street but also eliminate the Eliot Street/Lincoln Street part of the route.
  • Another big change would impact riders who take the No. 52 bus from Watertown to Wells Ave, the JCC or the Newton Community Farm because it would eliminate stops on Winchester St. and Nahanton St. as it travels between Watertown and Dedham.
  • The T is also proposing a shorter route for the No. 60 bus from Kenmore Square, which would remove a stop at the Chestnut Hill Mall and terminate at Chestnut Hill Square, instead of Langley Road.
  • Finally, service of 501-504 buses will be changed, resulting in the loss of frequency and mid-day and weekend service. In addition, passengers boarding or exiting at Newton Corner, would be required to navigate the challenging walk over the Mass Pike Bridge because of a plan to eliminate stops on both sides of the circle.

The MBTA is accepting feedback until March 13, 2019 here

Public Comment Opportunity for ‘Hello Washington Street’

Dear Community Friends & Neighbors,

As you know “Hello Washington Street’s” thirteen-month process which started in April 2018 and is anticipated to go until May 2019, continues.  We now have another opportunity to provide feedback on the visioning document.  It is important for us to provide feedback that density in village [retail/commercial] areas is what is needed to provide more diverse housing and a vibrant community.  So please enter your thoughts, so our voices will be heard. The document is open for public comment through March 13th.

There are three ways to read and comment on Draft Two of the Vision Plan:

1.       Online – read and leave a comment directly on the plan by following  

          the link below.

2.       Newton Free Library – read and leave a comment on a hard copy.

3.       Newton Planning Department – read and leave a comment on a hard

          copy during business hours at City Hall.

You can also come to a Drop-In Office Hours to discuss and provide feedback.

So we ask that you please take a moment before March 13th  to provide your valuable feedback.  



Marcia Johnson & Tamara Bliss

Hello Washington Street Community Connectors

Riverside Visioning Community Open House

Riverside Visioning Community Open House, February 10th, 4:00, Williams School

This is the opportunity for you to give input on what gets developed at Riverside.  The City of Newton Planning department, and their consultant, Civic Moxie, invite you to attend an open house to create the future vision for the Riverside Station site.  Please see the attached flyer.  The intent of the vision plan is to assist the City in evaluating future development proposals as well as how to better integrate the site into the community.

Riverside Visioning Community Open House – Feb 10

LWVN support study on Christina Street Bridge

The League Board recently voted to send a letter below in support of a grant application by the City of Newton to study extending the greenway from Newton to Needham. An excerpt is below.

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Webinar: Climate Reports of 2018 with Professor Michael Oppenheimer

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is proud to announce a webinar with Professor Michael Oppenheimer on February 6th, 4:00PM EST. Event details below!

To register for the webinar click here.You’ll receive an email from Zoom with registration information after you register.

To view and download a flyer, click here. 

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