We’ve been hearing complaints about a degradation of service on the 73 bus line — unexplained significant delays in the arrival of buses. We’ve brought them to the attention of the MBTA and their position is that nothing has changed — the schedule with the diesel buses is the same as it was with the trolleys. They say that any delays are caused by the construction on the Belmont-Trapelo corridor.
This doesn’t sound right to the riders who have been in touch with us. They have reported substantial delays but no obvious problems for the buses getting around construction. We went back to the MBTA with this report and they asked for specifics.
So, I’m reaching out: Please post as replies to this post any notable experiences that you have with the 73 bus. Please include specifics, most importantly date, time and location. The more specific instances we can document, the more useful the information will be to the MBTA. When we’ve received enough specific feedback, we’ll convey the results to the MBTA.
As background for those who may be unaware, last fall the state started its work to reconstruct the Belmont-Trapelo Corridor, from Waverley Square to Star Market. It’s a great project for Belmont and Watertown but there will be some frustrations during the construction process. The MBTA is running diesel buses through the construction process, but will restore trolley service at the end of the project.