Mayor Fuller made two big transportation related announcements in her email newsletter today.
First she announced that the city has been awarded $250,000 grant from MassDOT to launch a shuttle system between three mass transit lines (Newtonville, Needham Heights, Newton Highlands) and Wells Avenue and the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in the N-Squared Innovation District. The shuttle could be on the road by this fall, Fuller wrote.
The mayor also announced that Newton, Watertown and two other municipalities received $340,000 grant to expand the Bluebikes bike share program to the city. Bluebikes is already operates in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville and Everett. Newton’s share of the grant is $80,000 grant will be matched with $20,000 of city funds to provide five docking stations at locations to be determined.
Bluebikes replaces Lime Bikes, the dockless bike share that recently pulled out of Newton and another 15 cities and towns after it moved its business model primarily to scooters.