Free Electric Shuttle to Franklin Park Zoo from Forest Hills Debuts

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A new electric shuttle bus running back and forth from the Forest Hills MBTA station and Franklin Park Zoo is now free to anyone on weekends.

The electric vehicle shuttle is a complimentary service for anyone, regardless of having bought a ticket to the zoo, is running on a loop from Franklin Park Zoo to the Forest Hills MBTA Station on the weekends. (Marlo Marketing)

Zoo officials hope the electric, zero-emissions complimentary shuttle will attract a wider audience to the Franklin Park Zoo.

“We couldn’t be happier to debut the shuttle and offer an alternative transportation option for our guests, that will not only make it easier for them to visit Franklin Park Zoo, but also directly supports our conservation mission,” said John Linehan, President and CEO of Zoo New England. “Fewer trips in single-occupancy vehicles alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”

The shuttle was converted by ZEVX (Zero Electric Vehicles) with a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), according to a press release.

The shuttle route from Forest Hills to the Zoo is just under 1.5 miles, and is very easy to see because it's wrapped in bright colors with animals that live in the Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo. The shuttle holds up to 14 guests and is an accessible vehicle.

The weekend shuttle service is running through Labor Day from 9 am to 4:30 pm.