The MBTA today released a ton of proposals to change its bus routes, including one of the longest routes in its system: The 34/34E that runs from Forest Hills all the way to Walpole.
Under the T's proposal, the two route numbers - the 34 now ends at or near the Dedham Mall, the 34E barrels down Washington Street all the way to Walpole - would be combined into one single Route 34, with three possible destinations: Dedham Mall, Walpole Center/East Walpole and Legacy Place.
The Legacy Place sub-route would make stops at Dedham's newest mall every 30 minutes via Elm Street under the proposal. Currently, the 34E gets no closer than a roughly 12-minute walk to Legacy Place. The T acknowledges the proposal would mean a longer wait for riders between Elm Street and Walpole Center - about five minutes. Also:
Remove service along Route 1A and to Upland Woods, Xaverian Brothers, and Old Navy in the Dedham Mall
The new route changes could go into effect on Sept. 1.