Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove MBTA stations beginning 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16.
Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove MBTA stations beginning 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities. Shuttles have been replacing T service starting at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday from Sullivan Square to Oak Grove. That schedule will end Dec. 28.
Monday, December 10, 2012
A national organization of state transportation officials awarded the Massachusetts DOT with a high safety honor for highways. But does MBTA need to make the T safer?
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is now nationally recognized for higway safety leadership after receiving an award Tuesday. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has given MassDOT its 2012 Safety Leadership Award for “taking significant action” in reducing highway fatalities an injuries, according to a MassDOT statement. While the organization was recognized for highway safety, its public transportation sector experienced two negative incidents last week. A Green Line trolley collided with another trolley at Boylston Street Station last week sending passengers flying, and police are still searching for a man who struck a trolley operator at Fenway Station on Sunday. Do you feel MassDOT is …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick plans to ask lawmakers to raises taxes to make up for the shortfall in Massachusetts' transportation system. What options should they consider and what's off the table?
Would you be willing to pay more at the pump, have a tracking system on your car that taxes you by the mile, or see tolls on state highways? Those are just some of the possibilities looming as Massachusetts looks to erase the state's transportation system's deficit. The Boston Globe reported that Gov. Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to raise taxes in order to pay for a transportation system—from the MBTA to roads and bridges—that continues to operate in the red. The administration will present a specific proposal by Jan. 7. One option is raising the gas tax, a route Patrick sought in 2009 only to be rebuffed by the legislature. Patrick sought a 19 cent increase while business groups endorsed a 25 cent increase. Ultimately, the state …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday night that the MBTA will resume service on Tuesday and state offices will open at 10 a.m.
State offices will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick said in a Monday evening update on Hurricane Sandy from the bunker at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Framingham. On his Twitter account, Patrick said that all RMV Class D drivers' tests on Tuesday had been cancelled. Patrick also said non-essential state employees should show up for work at 10 a.m. and he is leaving it up to individual school districts to determine whether they will be open on Tuesday. On Sunday night, Patrick urged all school districts to close on Monday. The worst of the storm is expected to last through 11 p.m. and there is a high tide at about midnight. The MBTA said in an alert issue at about 9 p.m. on Monday that it will …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Ridership this August is up 1.2 percent versus last August. Last year, analysts had predicted a drop of 5.5 percent due to higher fares.
Higher fares don't seem to be deterring residents from riding the T. That's one conclusion to draw from numbers released by the MBTA that show overall ridership has risen 1.2 percent this August versus last August. It was on July 1 that the transit agency hiked fares and scaled back some services to close a budget gap. Analysts had expected the changes, which boosted a CharlieCard subway ride from $1.70 to $2, to drive down ridership by 5.5 percent. Instead, ridership dropped only 0.1 percent in July versus July 2011. Then, in August came the 1.2 percent jump. Digging into the August numbers, ridership was up more on some services more than others. For instance, on heavy rail (i.e. the Orange, Red and Blue lines), ridership was up 2.7 …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A new map of the T shows not the geography of stations, but the time it takes between them.
If you've ever thought about moving to get a better commute, a new "time map" of the T might help you. Designer Peter Dunn created a map of what the MBTA subway system would look like if it was plotted by time — not by geography. For instance, a Malden Square resident trying to get to Downtown Crossing can expect about a 13-minute trip, according to the map. Here's some of what jumped out at Dunn when he studied his map: Seeing all schedules in a single map shows that not all Green Line branches are created equal. It takes just as long to get from downtown to Boston College on the B line as it does to get to Riverside on the D line, despite being about half the distance. And even though they’re just a few blocks apart, Chestnut Hill Ave (…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Ivan Bacai, 23, of Malden was arraigned for charges stemming from the brutal beating of a disabled man at the Downtown Crossing T stop.
A Malden man was arraigned Thursday for his alleged role in the group beating of a disabled 40-year-old Boston man at the Downtown Crossing T stop earlier this week. Ivan Bacai, 23, of Malden was arraigned with fellow suspect Germial Johnson, 28, of Dorchester on charges of assault and battery on a disabled person and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Three other suspects were also arrested in connection to the beating. Judge Michael Coyne imposed $10,000 cash bail on both parties, additionally ordering both men to stay away from MBTA property if they post the amount.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Riders will need to take the busses on the tippity-top of Orange Line from July 8 through Dec. 28 after 9 pm.
Beginning July 8, and going until Dec. 28, buses will replace evening Orange Line trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove every Sunday through Thursday, according to the MBTA. On the affected nights, bus replacement service will begin at 9 p.m. and run until the T closes. The bus replacements will allow the MBTA to shut down Orange Line tracks in order to build the new Orange Line station in Assembly Square. This change in service is part of a wider series of bus diversions that will take place until 2014.
Monday, June 18, 2012
We've all got stories of things we've seen and heard on the T. Share them with your neighbors here.
Flip through the gallery to see what other riders are seeing and hearing on the T. It's easy to add your own photos or videos too. Just click the big "Upload Photos and Videos" button at the top left. Be sure to add a caption saying which line you were riding and a description of your photo or video. An Explanation of "Seen & Heard on the T" The T is one of my favorite places. Really. You get an unmatched cross-section of humanity. And you often see and hear some funny things. The kinds of things that, when you get to work, you have to tell people about. "The woman across from me on the T this morning was clipping her toenails." That sort of thing. (I've seen nails being clipped several times while on the Orange Line, by the way.) Our …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Track work all weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, means it'll be a bus trip between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square for the next two days.
Buses will replace Orange Line service from Oak Grove Station to Sullivan Square Station all weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, according to an advisory on the MBTA website. The buses will make stops at all stations between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities. This service change, according to the MBTA, is in place in order for necessary Orange Line track work. Malden Patch reported last month that construction on the new Assembly Square Orange Line stop in Somerville, which has already begun, will lead to periodic bus diversions on the subway line beginning in June and lasting until the station is complete in fall of 2014. For more information, contact the MBTA Customer …