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Local Bus Line Proposed by Reading Resident

If you would like a bus service in town, sign a petition to support the Reading Rocket Line.

Reading resident Linda Greenlaw has proposed a bus service to both the Reading Town Manager and selectmen. Her goal is to have the bus provide transportation to residents in Reading, North Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield.

After suffering with breast cancer last year, Greenlaw realized how difficult it was to get to her treatments without a car, she said. So proposing the idea for a bus line seemed like a "logical conclusion," she told Patch.

"I understand from a deep level that transportation is needed," Greenlaw said.

She is now in remission, but aims to get the Reading Rocket line off the ground to help fellow residents and those in need of transportation.

The price of a taxi can get expensive, The Ride has increased their prices and pickups need to be scheduled in advance, she said. As a solution, she is proposing a local bus service called the Reading Rocket Line.

The idea is to have local businesses sponsor the bus, with a small cost to riders, and in return the buses will make stops at their locations. The bus line could provide "an opportunity for improving local business traffic while avoiding increased automobile traffic," she said.

She would also like to have high school students volunteer to paint the bus and design the rocket logo. Former Reading Memorial High School Principal Elinor Freedman supported the high school being part of the project, said Greenlaw.

Greenlaw referred to Burlington’s B-Line bus that takes residents to various locations in their town, including trips to grocery stores, medical appointments and other locations. She would like to expand on Burlington's concept and include North Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield in the Reading Rocket line. Ideally, she would like to see the bus stay mostly on Main Street, but make detours to the YMCA, libraries, businesses on Haven Street, Market Basket, the IMAX theatre, the Stoneham Theatre, Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, medical clinics in the area and more.

She proposes that the bus line run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a few hours on Saturday and Sunday. The line would need at least three buses, she said.

She chose the name, Reading Rocket Line, to "offer support to the local Reading teams." 

Greenlaw has been asked to meet with the North Reading Rotary Club, but has not yet heard back from Reading Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner or the selectmen.

If you support her proposal, sign Greenlaw's petition. You can sign a copy at Christopher's Restaurant or email her at lgreenlaw8@yahoo.com for more information.

DBC November 06, 2012 at 03:19 PM
This could be the best thing that has happened to Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and North Reading. I applaud Linda for her idea, as it is a MUCH needed service. As an older Wakefield resident without a car, I cannot get to Stoneham unless I take the T bus to Malden, then take the Stoneham bus from there. Not including stopping anywhere, that round trip is 3 hours! No way can i afford taxi service. I had to take a cab to get to my doctor's office which is 1/10 mile from the entering North Reading sign. One way.....$30, not including any tip, which I did NOT add. I waited an hour, gladly, for a friend to pick me up after the appointment. The Ride has sent back my application three times for additional arbitrary details requested from my doctor to explain further why I cannot walk to/from the bus service near my home, There is a steep hill, only a partial, uneven, root-bound sidewalk and a busy Rt. 129 to try to cross just below a blind incline...and then I must return the same way to get home, UP the hill, in all kinds of weather. I walk with a cane because my left leg and arm do not fully function and I have chronic diminished lung capacity (not from smoking!). Let me know how I can help. I will definitely sign the petition.
Roxanne November 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I have met Linda at the library and so agree with the bus proposal which can help so many teens, students, elderly, and those with limited transportation... Excellent idea and much needed to help promote unity and business within the towns.. Good job Linda!

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