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Posted on: February 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] REMINDER: MWRTA Route 8 Bus Changing to CATCH Connect


A reminder that the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) is changing services provided in Wellesley. 

The MWRTA Route 8 bus for Wellesley will end on February 15. CATCH Connect a new micro-transit program will replace the existing MWRTA Route 8 bus service in Town. 

Residents are invited to learn more about this new  program during MWRTA virtual office hours on Monday, February 15 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Register with the MWRTA in advance to attend. 

CATCH Connect will operate within Wellesley and select destinations outside of Wellesley including the Waban and CATCH busWoodland T Stations, Newton Wellesley Hospital, and the Natick Community Center.

Riders can download the MWRTA CATCH app on a smartphone and begin booking trips. Service is provided Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

CATCH Connect services are provided by a 5-passenger van that is handicapped-accessible with a wheelchair lift. Drivers are trained in ADA compliance. 

Current COVID-19 regulations allow for one party of up to three passengers. Masks are required while on board the van. 

The program is now in its final testing period to be ready for riders in the coming weeks. For questions or to give feedback, email the MWRTA or call (508) 283-5083.

Please note:  These service changes do not affect the MWRTA Route 1 bus which is the commuter shuttle along Route 9 through Wellesley. 

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