I moved to Belmont with my husband three years ago. We both work in Downtown Boston and were extremely excited to live off of the 73 Bus because it came every 6 minutes and got us to Harvard Square so quickly for our commute. A few months ago, the buses changed from the electric buses to the diesel buses and since then our commutes both to and from work have been AWFUL. The buses are overcrowded. They don’t run as quickly. They are hard to stand up in. They are dirty. They are old. We’re not sure the reasoning behind running these diesel buses, and wouldn’t care normally, but just don’t understand why it’s so difficult to get these to run smoothly anymore! It should not make a difference. All we know is that a bus ride that used to take 15 minutes for us now takes approximately 45. We were told by the MBTA that some stops were to be removed as well to eliminate the need to stop every 100 feet, and that never happened. There are 3-4 stops by the Oak Hill Country Club that if you threw a baseball from one to the next, you could hit the people standing there. We are really hoping someone can review how horrible this service has been lately and get us back to the well-run, fast bus service that we pay for (a lot!) each month! Thank you.