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Editorial: Public should weigh in on bus routes

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

Montague: Be heard on buses

We don’t think that last week’s meeting in Montague over bus routes and schedules left residents satisfied with what the Franklin Regional Transit Authority has planned, especially with regard to how riders will be able to get to Amherst. But we suspect that unless there is a strong outcry from the community, FRTA officials aren’t going to change their minds about what they want to do. The public comment period on what the FRTA is proposing runs until Nov. 22. We would think that Montague residents, riders and nonriders alike will want to weigh in immediately. Comments can be sent to the FRTA, 12 Olive St., Greenfield MA 01301 or online at www.frta.org/contact_us.html or emailed to Michael@frta.org.

What’s on Erving’s agenda

We would like to think that Erving residents have marked tonight’s special town meeting in red on their calendars. Although we could say that taking part in community decisions should be reason enough to attend, there is a particular issue that might provide additional motivation. The Planning Board is seeking a one-year moratorium on the placement of medical marijuana treatment centers, just in case someone comes forward with such a plan. And if that’s still not enough to get Erving residents interested, there are a host of agenda items that involve taxpayer money. The meeting is scheduled for 7 tonight at Town Hall.

Light at the end of the bridge

We don’t think we’re the only ones that feel the work on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge — which mandates one-way traffic — has been going on forever. Actually, it’s been more than three years and may soon be over. The state Department of Transportation is anticipating opening up the bridge to two-way traffic in the middle of the month. That’s definitely good news, particularly for the businesses in Turners Falls. But it will also be good news for Greenfield, which has seen a big increase in tractor-trailer traffic as a result of the detour.

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