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Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is raising concerns about several proposed changes to MBTA bus routes serving the Newton and neighboring communities.

The changes are part of the T’s Better Bus Project, a system wide initiative the transit agency describes as a “first step in our efforts to improve bus service and the system as a whole,” which, if approved, would go into effect this coming September.

In a letter sent to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, Fuller said she appreciated “the goal of improved bus frequency and reduced travel times” but “unfortunately, though, the MBTA proposal shifts service away from important existing routes, leaving users of those routes with unacceptably long or unsafe walks to access the bus.”

There will also be a public hearing on this proposal tonight (Monday March 4), 6-8 p.m. at  the Watertown Police Department Community Room, 552 Main St, Watertown.

Earlier on Village 14: