Marlborough launching commuter rail shuttle

Marlborough launching commuter rail shuttle

WORCESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL – Marlborough in September will begin a free shuttle to and from the Southborough MBTA commuter rail station to help commuters and others better use the area’s train network.

The shuttle will begin Sept. 16, bringing riders from the Apex Center of New England on Route 20 and the Marlborough Hills area, where a designated area will allow free parking, to the Southborough station. Buses will make three weekday runs each morning and evening, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Local seniors and veterans will be able to use the bus through the Marlborough Council on Aging between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The shuttle will be free, with support from state and city funding. It is slated to run for a one-year trial period, with Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant requesting local funding in July for the program.

A transportation study the MEDC conducted in 2015 highlighted a need for alternative transportation options, including helping with a so-called last mile problem in which commuters working in Marlborough may be able to take the commuter rail to Southborough but no closer without a commuter rail stop in Marlborough itself. Marlborough center is six miles from the Southborough station.

This article by Grant Welker originally appeared here