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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bus service sees customer boost


Could it have been those $3 gas prices? Whatever the reason, more people have been taking the bus in Marlborough and Southborough recently.

The Local Connection, a municipal bus service in Marlborough and Southborough, saw the number of requests for rides increase from 606 in May to more than 1,100 in August.

In response to the boom, shuttle operators will now offer riders the chance to reserve a ride a day in advance, instead of two.

Karen Kisty, aide to Marlborough Mayor Nancy Stevens, said in a press release that the improvements bring the service one step closer to a "flexible hybrid service which adds a fixed route option during morning and afternoon peak commuting times."

-- Megan Woolhouse

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