Route 39 plans move forward

David Taber

Preliminary engineering plans for the redesign of the MBTA’s 39 bus route—which runs on South and Centre Streets between Forest Hills and S. Huntington Avenue in JP, en route to the Back Bay—will be presented in November.

Ralph DeNisco of McMahon Associates, a design firm that is working on both the MBTA-led Route 39 redesign and a related city effort to redesign Centre and South streets in JP, gave the Route 39 update at a Sept. 21 meeting about the city planning effort.

Community planning for the MBTA redesign, which includes widened sidewalks, new bus shelters and some stop eliminations, began in 2008. At points during the community process, MBTA planners have been criticized for hosting unpublicized meetings.

Last spring, MBTA officials told the Gazette construction work is scheduled to begin on the bus route changes in 2011.

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