Editorial footnote: Closing the loop

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The Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts announced an agreement with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority this week to create a new service, Line 10, that connects Assumption College, the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester State University through the central hub.

As initiatives go, we’re sorry to say, this may have dropped beneath your radar. It shouldn’t have.

The new line provides service to two colleges previously not reached by the WRTA, Assumption and Holy Cross. In addition, it offers two more trips per hour to Worcester State, which could help alleviate parking problems that have plagued the school for far too long. It helps connect HECCMA schools and students from those schools with the city center. And it does all this with a total travel time of less than 30 minutes.

WRTA Route 10 schedule

Courtesy of HECCMA / Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts

The schedule for the WRTA’s new Route 10.

This agreement, along with the current Quinsigamond Community College Line 18, gets Worcester one step closer to the goals of connecting schools with each other and connecting college and university students with downtown.

Said HECCMA Executive Director Jeanine Went in a release: “It is my hope that this agreement between the WRTA and three HECCMA institutions provides a foundation for a more comprehensive set of transit options in the future.”

We all marvel at those “where were you when you heard?” announcements. That’s all right. But sometimes we need to acknowledge the people and institutions that just get things done on a day-in, day-out basis.

HECCMA gets a perfect 10 for bringing together the WRTA and its member colleges, and getting this done.

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