By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer
MARLBOROUGH – A free commuter shuttle running from Marlborough to the MBTA train station in Southborough resumed service on Oct. 4.
The service was first launched in Sept. 2019 before being suspended last year when the COVID-19 pandemic began, noted a press release from the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation.
“We have been looking forward to re-launching the commuter shuttle service for the past few months as more employees have started returning to in-person work,” MEDC executive director Meredith Harris said in the press release. “The beauty of the shuttle is whether you are coming into the city to work, or you are a resident that needs to get to work outside of the city, this will be an available option in Marlborough again.”
The shuttle is funded by the state and the City of Marlborough. It operated with a 12-passenger van that is handicap-accessible and runs from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
The shuttle makes three complete runs each morning and evening with stops at the Southborough train station, 200 Forest St. in Marlborough, and the Apex Center.
Commuters taking the shuttle can park their cars at either the Apex Center or 200 Forest St. The press release encouraged passengers to pre-register for seats at http://marlboroughedc.com/commuter-shuttle.
Residents had previously raised concerns over a lack of transportation options to and from the city.
Back in 2015, the MEDC conducted a transportation study that ultimately suggested a variety of options for the city.
The MEDC has and will continue to manage the shuttle program. Likewise, its press release noted that it will “explore opportunities to address the need for increased local transportation options,” especially as commuting traffic may continue to ramp up in a post-pandemic future.
“We are very excited to be bringing it back – we were off to a great start pre-COVID and hope to increase the ridership in the upcoming months and new year,” Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant was quoted saying in the press release.