West

Towns consider sharing public transportation

Five area towns will outfit their public transportation vehicles with GPS devices next month to gather information on routes and riders, with the goal of using the data to merge services next year.

Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Maynard, and Stow received a $185,000 state grant in March to pay for the study. Officials say their current services — aimed primarily at senior citizens — often duplicate each other, with several towns sending nearly-empty vans to the same place all at once.

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