Encore Debuted Neighborhood Runner Shuttle Monday in Chelsea, Everett

The new shuttle service throughout Chelsea
and Everett has launched, and dubbed the Neighborhood Runner, the service began
operating on Monday, June 3.

“We started service on Monday, June 3, at 5
a.m.,” said Jim Folk, director of Transportation for Encore Boston Harbor.
“Now, it is running 24/7, 365 days a year. It starts its route at the Chelsea
Market Basket every 20 minutes on the 20…I really think it’s going to be a
successful route. It’s great for our employees and guests, and it’s great for
Everett because it gives them a new connection to the Silver Line for the
airport, Seaport and even South Station.”

The new Neighborhood Runner stops at Market
Basket (Chelsea), then goes through Everett to Everett Square (outside
Braza’s), then to the GE site on Air Force Road, and finally to the Encore
resort.

Employees reported to the resort on Monday,
and Folk said the Runner has become popular already with the new employees
looking to get to work from the neighborhoods, or to catch transit lines that
run near the new stops.

“Believe it or not, we have picked up some

passengers even though we haven’t advertised the Runner yet to the public,”
Folk said. “Our employees are aware of it and many are actually taking it to
and from the resort. We had a good amount of people on Monday that used it. We
expect more and more people as time goes on. I think it will really be
successful.”

The 26-passenger Runner is made by Grech,
and has a lot of extras.

The interior has leather seating and large
cupholders, along with plenty of space. It is 100 percent ADA compliant and
also has video screens for entertainment.

Folk said right now they are sticking to the
four stops on the route, but he said they aren’t ruling out expanding the stops
in Everett and Chelsea once the resort opens.

“We think it’s a
great, great alternative for the folks in Everett and our employees and guests
coming to Encore,” he said.

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Encore Debuted Neighborhood Runner Shuttle Monday in Chelsea, Everett

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