Thursday, November 8, 2012
A Reading resident has proposed a non-MBTA bus line that would serve communities such as Stoneham, Reading, North Reading and Wakefield. Does Stoneham need a new bus line? Tell us in the comments section below.
Reading resident Linda Greenlaw recently proposed a bus service to both the Reading Town Manager and Reading Board of Selectmen, with the goal of providing transportation to residents in Stoneham, Reading, North Reading and Wakefield. With that in mind, we'd like to know: Does Stoneham need a second bus line? Stoneham has one bus line—the MBTA Bus 132 service—but we'd like to know if an additional bus line would be helpful to Stonehamites. Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment in the comments section below.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The MBTA faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year which begins July 1.
After all of the talk, public hearings and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $161 million deficit in the next fiscal year. MBTA Board Approves Plan Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. Meanwhile, some cuts in service — mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and the commuter rail — were also approved. However, the Bus 132 service in Stoneham was not changed. Citizens Decry Rate Hikes, Service Cuts Many people showed up at today's hearing and were given a chance to talk during a one-hour "public …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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 MBTA has decided not to move forward with the two scenarios proposing reduced services and fare increases 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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Forty-four percent of the votes cast said they never take the bus, according to a recent Stoneham Patch poll.
Non-MBTA users narrowly beat frequent users of Bus 132 out of Redstone Shopping Center in Stoneham, according to a recent poll on Stoneham Patch. Of the 29 votes cast, 13 voters (44 percent) claimed to never use the bus because they have a vehicle to top the poll. Non-bus users edged out those who frequently use Bus 132, as frequenters tallied 11 votes (37 percent). Meanwhile, placing last in the poll with fives votes (17 percent) were those claiming to only use the bus occasionally.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Scope out the "Patch Facts" column for Feb. 19.
1. Community shots: Got some great landscape photographs captured in Stoneham? Upload them to our growing "Your Neighborhood" photo gallery. 2. To bus or not to bus: Take our poll and post a comment letting us know how often you take the Bus 132 out of Redstone Shopping Center in Stoneham. The poll will close at 5 p.m. Monday. We'll post the results on Tuesday. 3. Browsing houses: Take a gander at our latest "House Hunt" column for our sampling of open houses slated for Sunday afternoon in the Stoneham area. 4. Want a cat? Kobe the cat is our latest "PAWS Pet of the Week" that needs to be adopted. Will you bring home this friendly feline? 5. Sneak peek: Check out Stoneham Patch on Monday at 6 a.m. to see the weekly "Regional News Roundup" …