The Amherst Business Improvement District is hosting their annual Amherst Block Party on Thursday, 9/15 from 5pm to 9pm. N Pleasant St will be closed to traffic between Kendrick Park and Main St, causing buses to detour. To account for setup and breakdown time for the event, buses will be detouring this section of N Pleasant St from noon until 11pm. Expect delays.
The major stops missed will be Fearing Street (in/out), Pray Street (in/out), Cowles Lane, and Amherst Post Office. Use the Town Hall, Amherst Common, and Jones Library stops during this time. Since buses will deviate from their standard routing, please double check the headsigns to ensure you board the correct route in the direction of your destination.
Detailed detour information for each route can be found below:
Routes 30, 31, 38, and 45
Buses heading OUTBOUND from UMass/FAC will travel to Amherst Center via Mass Ave, University Dr, and Amity St. Stops missed: Fearing Street, Pray Street, Cowles Lane, UMass Visitor's Center (38 only). Catch buses at the Town Hall and Amherst Common (S) stops.
Buses heading INBOUND toward UMass/SAB will travel from Amherst Center via Amity St, University Dr, and Mass Ave. Stops missed: Amherst Post Office, Pray Street, Fearing Street. Catch buses at Amherst Common (N) and Churchill Street stops.
Buses heading OUTBOUND from UMass/FAC toward Big Y/Stop & Shop will travel to Amherst Center via Mass Ave, University Dr, and Amity St. They will then travel via Route 9 to Big Y to continue normally. Stops missed: Fearing Street, Pray Street, Cowles Lane, Amherst Community Health. Catch buses at Amity Place (*in), Jones Library (*in), and Amherst Common (S) stops.
Buses heading INBOUND toward UMass/SAB and Puffers Pond will travel via University Dr normally, however they will bypass Amherst Center. There will be a temporary stop at the base of Amity St on University Dr where passengers trying to get downtown can alight and transfer to other routes at Amity Place (in). Stops missed: Jones Library, Amherst Post Office, Pray Street, Fearing Street. Catch buses at the temporary Amity/U Drive stop or use the Amherst Common (N) stop to take another route to campus and transfer.
Routes 34 and 35
AMHERST-BOUND LOCAL buses will service Haigis Mall normally, then travel to Amherst College via Mass Ave, University Dr, and Amity St. Passengers trying to get to Smith College should board at this time. Stops missed: UMass Visitor's Center, Fearing Street, Pray Street, Cowles Lane. Catch buses at Haigis Mall.
SMITH-BOUND LOCAL buses will NOT travel to Haigis Mall for the Smith-bound trips. Instead they will wait at Amherst College until the scheduled Haigis Mall departure time, then travel via Amity St to University Dr to continue normally. Stops missed: Amherst Post Office, Pray Street, Fearing Street, Haigis Mall, Southwest/Mass Ave, Southwest/U Drive, University/Amity. Catch buses at Haigis Mall (Amherst-bound arrival time), Amherst College, and Amherst Common (N) stops.
EXPRESS BUSES WILL NOT SERVICE AMHERST COLLEGE/AMHERST CENTER. Amherst-bound express buses will travel to Haigis Mall normally, where they will sit until the Smith-bound departure time. Smith-bound express buses will depart Haigis Mall and travel normally to Smith College. Passengers trying to get downtown can transfer to the 38 or B43 Local at Haigis Mall, or walk up the path to the Fine Arts Center stop and catch a 30, 31, 33, or 45.
No service to Amherst Center or UMass/Haigis Mall. Catch buses at Amherst College.