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B43 Bus Route – Route 9 Transportation Preferences Survey

Published on December 13, 2017 by Farah Ameen Community News

Dear Crocker Farm Families,

Amherst has been following the progress of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation project for improvements to the Route 9 corridor between Northampton and Amherst.  As part of this project MassDOT is exploring changes to the bus route of the B43 bus, which serves Northampton, Hadley and Amherst, including Smith College, UMass and Amherst College and businesses along Route 9, including the malls in Hadley.  The proposed changes are intended to improve traffic congestion and decrease travel time for bus riders between Northampton and UMass. However, the proposed changes would have a significant impact on Downtown Amherst, Amherst College, and businesses and institutions along University Drive.  See attached map for proposed route changes.  The red dots indicate the elimination of bus stops.

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To enhance the overall transportation system for citizens of the Pioneer Valley, travel preference data for people traveling between Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton is being sought, especially from those who currently ride the B43 bus.  There is interest in where, when, how frequently, and why you travel between these City/Town centers.

Could you please fill out the survey at the following link: It will take approximately 2 minutes. The deadline for submission of responses is December 22. Thank you for your help and participation in this important project.

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