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What Changes Would You Make to the MBTA Bus 132 Service in Stoneham?

Would you eliminate or reduce the bus service? Have other cost-saving or efficiency ideas? Let us know by posting a comment below.

After months of public hearings, the and they will draft a new plan incorporating feedback received from those living in the Boston area, including Stoneham.

With that in mind, we'd like to know: What changes (if any) would you make to the MBTA Bus 132 service in Stoneham?

Would you eliminate or reduce the bus service? Would you support increased bus fares? Have a cost-saving measure or revenue-generating idea that could help the MBTA close its $161 million budget gap? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Dennis O'Hara March 13, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Frankly, I am astounded that there is no bus stop at Stone Zoo. If someone wishes to take the T to Stone Zoo, they have to get off at the first stop on Main Street and walk 1/2 mile back. That is very dangerous on a busy street particularly when dealing with several children, strollers, etc. The Zoo could open itself up to an entirely new market if they could successfully lobby the MBTA to create a stop there, and the route would attract more riders.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) March 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Hi Dennis, That's an interesting point you've raised about the fact that there isn't a bus stop at Stone Zoo. Putting a stop at the zoo does seem like a logical solution from both a safety and business perspective. Thanks for the comment!
laurie March 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM
i think thier should be more service and if they ever stopped the bus i would move out of stoneham
Karen March 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM
My daughter gets to school on that bus...don't stop it!
Mark Ouellette (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hi Laurie, Thanks for the comment. Can you explain why you'd move out of town if the bus service was eliminated? Do you need it to get around because you don't have a car? Just curious. :)
Mark Ouellette (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Hi Karen, Thanks for the comment. What school does she take the bus too? Also, does she take the bus to school because you don't have a car or perhaps due to a scheduling conflict that doesn't allow you to take her there? I typically drive everywhere, so I'm just looking for a little more insight into why and how people make the most of using Bus 132. Thanks again!
Scott Lennox March 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I think they shoud add additional service in the evening. The scheduled has the buses running about 30 minutes apart. If you were to get out of work at 5pm, you will be lucky to get out of the city and catch the 5:20pm. The next bus is not until 5:50pm which taking all the way to Redstone won't put you home until about 6:20 and thats if everything is on time. Also, all the buses in the evening are so crowded you can barely get on.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hi Scott, Thanks for taking the time to discuss what it's like commuting during the evening hours on the bus. Have you always taken the bus? If so, how long have you been a commuter and how often do you find yourself using it?
B. Small March 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Keeping the Bus 132 route that stops at Redstone Shopping plaza is very important. It the T has to increase fees a modest amount, people will grumble but be greatful the service is still there. There are alot of nearby condominiun and apartment complexes that rely on this transportation to get into the city (many use the bus to connect with the T subway service) and also around the suburbs (alot of elderly people have few alternate options) to run errands.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Hey B, Thanks for the thoughtful comments about the bus service. Do you tend to use it often?
B. Small March 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Response to follow-up question: I don't personally have a need to use the bus service, but my roommate uses it during the work-week to get into Boston (transfers from bus to T) and my neighbors without cars also use it.

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