Devens plans public transportation to aid workers

March 25, 2017 by  

A collaboration between public and private groups is underway so that those who work in Devens and do not have a car will be afforded some means of public transportation, geared primarily to those in entry-level positions.

This would be a scheduled van or bus route that would include Devens, Leominster, and Fitchburg, serving as a shuttle during the morning and afternoon rush hours. It would also travel within Ayer and Devens to shopping locations at Orchard Hill Park Drive and Whitney Field in Leominster during the day.

The vice president of MassDevelopment at Devens, Thatcher Kezer, first mentioned the need for public transportation. President and CEO of Operon Resource Management Steve Sawin added that companies in Devens started expanding as long ago as 2000 but were often unable to fill their positions once people were offered jobs only to learn that they were unable to get there.

The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority was asked to help to develop a plan. Riders will partially fund the route and the rest of the costs will be divided among the Transit Authority, businesses in Devens, and assessments already paid by Shirley and Ayer.

Businesses in Devens and the Transit Authority may also want to collaborate on creating brochures that can be distributed in the area with schedules and costs for the new route, outlining benefits for the community.