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MWRTA Outlines Proposed Milford Bus Route

The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority's (MWRTA) proposed Milford bus route would traverse 17.7 miles, make 29 stops throughout town, and take 77 minutes to complete from its start and end point just over the Holliston town line. One-way tickets would cost $1.50 for adults, $1 for student and 75 cents for seniors. The town would have to contribute about $250,000 to make it happen.

Those were the main points presented at the January 28 open forum to gather Milford residents' comments about bringing what is termed "fixed route" bus service to Milford. The response from the standing room only audience – more than 200 people – gathered in the Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center was nearly unanimous support for the idea.

"This is a public forum about proposed transportation in the Town of Milford. We're looking for direction from you," Selectmen Chairman Brian Murray said as he opened the hour and three-quarters long meeting."

MWRTA Administrator Edward Carr then followed with a brief history of the MWRTA's creation in 20007 and what towns it currently serves. "Once you're into the system, you can virtually go to Paris without driving," he said, describing how you could take a bus to the Logan Express depot in Framingham and then go to the airport.

Audience comments broke down into two main categories: voicing support for the need for public transportation in Milford and asking questions about costs and schedules. The latter learned the proposed fares and that the service would run from about 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – which could mean 12 complete loops through Milford. Carr pointed out that a proposed stop-by-stop route distributed to the audience was not set in stone and the MWRTA could also make the route go from Milford to Framingham.

MWRTA official Carl Demonchella noted his agency riders from other towns want the connection to Milford. "People from the area want to shop in Milford," he noted, to avoid traffic congestion on Route 9 and Route 30 in the Framingham-Natick area. "Where would you like to see the buses go?" he asked.

People voicing support for bringing bus service to Milford included Reverend William MacDonald Murray, the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, who urged people to let town officials know if they favored the bus service. "Without out the support of the community, the finance board and the selectmen are going to say, 'Really?'" he said. "It's up to us to say this is something that we need.

Ellen Freedman from Milford Regional Medical Center cited statistics on patient visits to medical facilities in town and called the lack of public transportation "a quality of life issue."

The Milford Area Chamber of Commerce's members back the idea, said its outgoing chairman, David Price, noting public transportation could help with employment and increasing the bottom line. Sydney DeJesus, director of the Milford Youth Center, said buses would make it easier for the town's youth to get to his facility. And, Patricia Morrill, director of the Milford Housing Authority, said 93 percent of seniors in the agency's 350-pls units indicated they would use the proposed bus service.

"I hope very much that our Board of Selectmen, that our Finance Committee, that our Town Meeting will come together and bring to Milford the solution that our community obviously wants and absolutely deserves," said Harold Rhodes, chair of the town's Commission on Disability and the acknowledged driving force behind trying to bring public transportation to Milford..

At the Board of Selectmen's January 25 meeting, Murray was optimistic about bringing bus service to town, aying he wanted to an article on the Annual Town Meeting warrant in May to fund it. However, at the same meeting, both Selectman William Buckley and Selectman William Kingkade said they wanted to see several more forums before they would decide on whether to support the bus service. After attending the open forum, Kingkade said he wanted to see two or three more meetings held to gather public opinion.

For more information about the bus route listings, visit towncrier.us.



Stop # Stop Name Notes on Directions

Start Temple Beth Torah Holliston Turn left out of parking lot onto Rt. 16.

Milford Town Line Continue on East Main St. (Rt. 16.)

1 Quarry Square Turn right into Quarry Square Plaza after 99 Restaurant.

Proceed through Quarry Square Plaza, past Gold's Gym. Leave out back using Quarry Boulevard.

2 Target Turn left onto Fortune Boulevard, stopping by TGIF for Target (No stop in parking lot.).

3 Fortune Boulevard Hotels General opportunity for stops at hotels.

Turn left at lights onto Cedar St. (Rt. 85). Turn right at lights onto East Main St. (Rt. 16).

4 East Main St. Bus Shelter at Beach St. – Milford RMV Pull over at bus shelter on East Main St..

Continue on Main St.. Turn left at lights onto North Bow St..

5 Milford Town Hall Pull over on North Bow St. at Milford Town Hall.

Continue down North Bow St.

6 Milford Senior Center Stop on North Bow St. for Senior Center.

Continue on North Bow St. across Central St..

7 Blaire House Stop on South Bow St. behind Sorrento Room.

8 Milford Police Station and Milford Post Office Continue to end of South Bow St. Cross Main St. to Park St. Turn left on Congress St. Stop at Post Office.

9 Pinz & Pheasant Run Apartments Bear left onto South Main St. Stop at South Main and Depot Sts.

10 Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center & CVS/pharmacy Turn right on South Main St. at lights, then turn right on Cape Road (Rt. 140) and pull to side of road across from EMK and CVS.

Continue on Rt. 140, go straight through lights at Main St. (Rt. 16).

Straight through lights at Rt. 16.

11 Milford Regional Medical Center Turn into Milford Regional Medical Center (Stay in driveway – do not go to main entrance.). Upon leaving, turn right on Prospect St. (Rt. 140).



12 Dana Farber/Brigham & Women's Cancer Center Stop on Prospect St. cross from Dana Farber. Continue on Prospect St.

13 Portuguese Club, Prospect Heights, UMass Medical Building, Medical Buildings on Upper Water St., Shaw's, Walgreens and Rite Aid Stop is on Prospect St. just past Water St.

Continue on Prospect St. Bear left on West St. (Rt. 140) to District Court.

14 Milford District Court, Reliant Medical Turn right into front of building. Stop at front entrance, then exit out of lot left on West St.

Bear left on West St. to Highland St. Turn left on Highland St. and continue on to West Fountain St. Turn right on West Fountain St.

15 Milford High School Stop on West Fountain St. in front of Milford High School.

16 West Fountain & Congress St.s Continue down West Fountain. Stop at corner by Tank Field.

17 The Groves Apartments Congress St. at Colonial Road Turn left onto Congress St. and continue to Colonial Road and Jillson Circle.

Continue on Congress St. to Rolling Green Drive.

18 Rolling Green Apartments Turn right on Rolling Green Drive. Stop at Mark St.

Continue on Rolling Green to Alfred Rd. Turn right on Alfred Rd.

19 Sherwood Park Apartments Stop at corner of Alfred Rd. and Claudette Dr.

Take let on Claudette Dr. to Stoney Brook Lane. Turn right on Sunset Dr. and left on Ivy Lane. Turn right on Purchase St.



20 Shadowbrook Condominiums Stop on Purchase St. across from Shadowbrook Lane.

Continue down Purchase St. Turn left onto Dilla St. and right onto Sumner St. Turn right into Birmingham Court.

21 Birmingham Court Apartments Stop on Sumner St. at Birmingham Court.

Continue to end of Sumner St. Turn right onto Main St. and left onto North Bow St.

22 Milford Town Hall (INBOUND) Stop on North Bow St. at Town Hall.

Continue down North Bow St..

23 Milford Senior Center Stop on North Bow St. across from Senior Center.

Turn left at onto Central St., then left onto Beach S.. Stop at RMV.

24 RMV Pull safely to side of road.

Continue on Beach St. and take right onto East. Main St. Turn right into parking lot for Hannaford Supermarket.

25 Hannaford Supermarket Drive through parking lot, stopping at corner of building.

Continue through parking lot to Veterans Memorial Dr. Take left on Veterans. Memorial Drive to Medway Rd. (Rt. 109).

26 CVS/pharmacy, Dunkin Donuts, Friendly's Stop at corner before turning right onto Medway Rd.

Continue on Medway Rd to Birch St..

27 Cornerstone Assisted Living Stop on Medway Rd. at corner of Birch St..

Continue on Medway Rd. to Milford Plaza.

28 Kohl's in Milford Plaza Turn right into parking lot.





Exit parking lot by turning right on Medway Rd. Turn left onto Beaver St. Turn left into DoubleTree by Hilton.

29 Double Tree by Hilton Do loop at hotel's main entrance Turn left out of parking lot. Turn right at traffic lights onto East Main St. (Rt. 16).

END Back to Holliston Turn right into Temple Beth Torah parking lot.






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