MBTA Fitchburg Line changes

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Along with other leaders at Brandeis, I share the frustration of our commuters (of which I am one) who have been negatively affected by the MBTA’s disruptive service changes to the Fitchburg Line Commuter Rail schedule. We know these decisions by the MBTA create inequitable challenges for those in our community who rely on the T. We have been and continue to be in conversations with the MBTA to voice the difficulties that the cancelled weekend service and the weekday shuttle service alternative pose for our campus community.

Brandeis is working to mitigate the impact of this disruption for our community members. Below are some alternatives to the Fitchburg line service, from both Brandeis and the MBTA. We’ll keep you updated with any future developments.

Lois Stanley, PhD
VP for Campus Planning and Operations
Brandeis University

MBTA #70 Bus Route

The MBTA’s #70 Bus Route leaves from Central Square, Cambridge, 3-4 times per hour and primarily runs to Moody Street in Waltham (with less frequent runs to the Cedarwood neighborhood and Marketplace Drive). At Moody Street, Brandeis commuters can transfer to the Waltham shuttle (1-2 per hour) or the MBTA #553 Bus Route (2-3 per hour). The Cedarwood stop (weekdays only) may be close enough for commuters who are able to to walk to campus. We will continue to monitor ridership usage of our Waltham shuttle to assess scheduling and frequency adjustments for riders transferring at Moody Street.

Alewife Shuttle

Beginning weekdays March 1, the MBTA is substituting shuttle buses that will run through the day, Monday through Friday, from Alewife station along the Fitchburg line. View the shuttle schedule

MBTA #553 Bus Route

MBTA’s #553 Bus Route leaves from Newton Corner and stops in front of Campus on South Street.

Brandeis-based ride sharing

Commuters at Brandeis can use the Bay State Commute service to connect with other Brandeis community members driving to campus.