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MBTA Bus Service Not Expected at MarketStreet Lynnfield

This week, Lynnfield Patch checked in with National Development and with the MBTA to see if bus service is part of the plan for MarketStreet Lynnfield.

Earlier this week during a conversation about the proposed specialty cinema at MarketStreet Lynnfield, another topic that came up was the possibility that MBTA bus service could be extended to the development after it opens.

Lynnfield residents Wallace McKenzie and Joe DeMaina maintain that eventually, an MBTA bus line is likely to make its way up to the town's largest-ever commercial development - possibly by extending an existing line serving Lynn and/or Saugus. If this scenario did happen, they said the town would end up paying a considerable amount each year to the MBTA, which currently does not have service in Lynnfield.

Still, National Development and the MBTA both said this week that a bus stop is not part of the plan at MarketStreet Lynnfield. In response to an emailed question from Lynnfield Patch this week, a spokeswoman for Ted Tye, managing partner of National Development, said he had confirmed that "there is no plan for MBTA service to MarketStreet."

An MBTA spokeswoman also told Lynnfield Patch this week that "we do not have any plants to modify nearby bus service to serve the new development."

Last March, Tye told Lynnfield selectmen that when complete, . The project is under construction off Walnut Street and Route 128 in Lynnfield and is expected to have Phase 1 open in late August.

Editor's Note: Bus service has existed here and there in Lynnfield over the years. One such example from the World War II era was mentioned in a previous local history article on Patch.com.

Joe DeMaina February 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM
The MBTA is not commenting for the public. The spokesperson may not even know yet. There are internal discussions at the MBTA. And just using common sense do you know any malls that don't have bus service. It's coming sooner or later but it's coming.
Sal Gesamondo February 21, 2013 at 03:14 PM
A comment for the Editor; Lynnfield also had commuter train service until 1960, but, those were different times Sal Gesamondo
Citizen X February 21, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Joe, do you have sources at the T, or are you purely speculating?
Joe DeMaina February 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I have a highly placed source at the MBTA.
Citizen X February 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Interesting. Definitely would not be in favor of any MBTA buses roaring down Chestnut Street.
Wallace McKenzie February 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Here is a passage from the Environmental Impact Report that was prepared for Meadow Walk, now MarketStreet Chapter 6 of the Environmental Impact Report Page 60 Commuter Information / Promote Alternative Transportation The TDM coordinator will provide central commuter information centers within the complex to assist employees as well as residents and visitors. These locations could include one of the lobbies of an apartment/office building, or at the entrance of a retail facility among other possible locations that could be identified by the TDM coordinator."Information to be provided will include local bus schedule and taxi company contacts." The TDM Coordinator will also post local bus and train schedules at central points within the lobbies of various buildings within the site. Specific measures to promote ridership are also noted below for specific uses. So here it is in a document from National Development, accepted by the Town. I would say the buses are coming..
Terraformer February 22, 2013 at 01:02 AM
"Lynnfield residents Wallace McKenzie and Joe DeMaina maintain that eventually, an MBTA bus line is likely to make its way up to the town's largest-ever commercial development - possibly by extending an existing line serving Lynn and/or Saugus. If this scenario did happen, they said the town would end up paying a considerable amount each year to the MBTA, which currently does not have service in Lynnfield. " So I have the million dollar question, why does the town have to pay for a service it doesn't ask for, doesn't need, nor wants? If the MBTA wants to drive a bus line here, they can pay for it out of the revenues the line derives from ridership.
Gerry MacDonald February 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Bus service would be a plus.
Joe DeMaina February 22, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It's a MBTA decision and it would cost Lynnfield $245,000 . Just check the State Cherry sheet we currently pay 245,000 without a bus route and it doubles when the route crosses the Lynnfield town line.The MBTA needs the money and a movie theatre would provide ticket paying ridership.
Joe DeMaina February 22, 2013 at 03:06 PM
You certainly have a right to your opinion. But my opinion is that any chance of it being a decent mall goes out the window with a movie theatre. Just look at the difference between the North Shore (without) and The Liberty Tree (with). The nicer stores are at NS. The bus route would , if there is a theatre as a magnet, just result in every kid at loose ends to hang out at the mall all summer.
Mike Mitchell February 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Out of control MBTA spending far outpaces their revenue which has been basically flat since 2008, (thanks to their woeful ignorance of the concept of 'inelasticity' when they raised the fares in 2007). The MBTA has the highest debt of any transit authority in the entire USA. (Not a pretty picture Mr. Governor.) So, if they can find any excuse to pocket an extra $1/4 million - you know they'll try and that worries me. http://metrobostondatacommon.org/site_media/weave_thumbnails/852.png
Sydney February 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Hey - there was no plan to cut down the trees until they were cut down. There was no plan for a movie theater, until, shortly, there will be. There is no plan right now for a bus route, until there is. Chip, chip, chip ... National Dev will persist and chip away until they get all that they want and we, as a town, will roll over. That is the consequence of town leadership viewing everything as negotiable and failing to actually understand what has been agreed to ... the devil is in the detail and so few have actually looked to see him there
Sydney February 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Also, a bus route is a great boon to car thiefs ... they ride in, take a short walk, grab a car ... just wait and see ... check out the police reports for other shopping centers with bus service
Joe DeMaina February 28, 2013 at 04:10 PM
And there you have it. Sidney,you are so right.

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