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Major Changes to MBTA Bus Routes Set to Begin This Weekend

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Mark Garfinkel

The first round in a series of changes coming to Boston area bus routes is set to go into effect Sunday.

More than two dozen MBTA bus routes will be altered, including the addition and subtraction of some stops and routes. Some travelers will have to get on at different stops or change their commutes, the MBTA says.

The Route 16 bus to JFK/UMass and the McCormack housing development will have new weekday and Saturday services. The Route 90 bus will have a new stop at Assembly Row, while eliminating the Wellington Station stop. The Route 92 bus will no longer stop at Assembly Row but begin and end at Sullivan Square.

Other bus routes will be completely discontinued, including the CT1 from Boston to Cambridge, the 5 from Dorchester and South Boston, the 448 and 449 from Boston to Marblehead and the 459 from Boston to Salem.

For the full list of changes, click here to visit the MBTA website.

The Better Bus Project is part of the MBTA's $8 billion modernization plans, which also include replacing subway fleets, upgrading tracks, signals and switches and replacing its fare collection system.

The MBTA announced the changes in August after it says it held community meetings and collected feedback from bus drivers, planners and consultants.

In the past few months, the MBTA has faced several issues with the T and Commuter Rail. On Thursday, travel on the Lowell Line commuter rail was suspended for several hours during rush hour traffic after a drill rig malfunctioned during work on the Green Line extension project.

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