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Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller issued this statement in an email to residents today in reaction to the MBTA’s “Better Bus Service” proposal.

“We’re pushing back on the MBTA proposed “Better Bus Project” that it says will improve bus service through Newton.  I have deep concerns that rather than improving bus service in our City, this plan actually cuts service.

“I’ve expressed my concerns and those of our transportation staff to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, and I’m working hard for changes to the four proposals for Newton that would impact seven routes. We will continue to press the MBTA and share in detail our specific concerns.

“The MBTA is holding a series of public meetings and we’re working to host one here in Newton so all of us can learn more about the proposal and express our concerns. That meeting is not yet on the calendar, but there is one scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street. “