T says it can speed up 39 service through fewer stops, better traffic signals
The MBTA is outlining a series of changes to the 39 route from Forest Hills to just before Back Bay it says will mean shorter commutes for riders on the system's second-busiest bus route.
Among them: Eliminating one out of every five stops and looking at new locations for some of the remaining ones. Also proposed are changes to the traffic signals at Monument Square in Jamaica Plain.
The T says it also wants to boldly mark the outlines of bus stops on the street, to reduce the odds of Bostonians parking at them, which currently slows buses that have to stop mid-street. Also proposed: several "curb extensions," which would bring sidewalks further out into the street at some stops.
The T is also looking at several shelters, benches and trash receptacles at stops.
And the T says it wants to remove seven old trolley poles from along the route in JP, where they currently serve mainly as eyesore reminders of the days when trolleys ran down Centre.
Work could begin this fall on the improvements, funded from a $10-million federal stimulus package. Improvements to the Back Bay section of the route are being handled separately. The 39 is one of the T's 15 key bus routes designated for overhauls.
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