Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Governor has made transportation funding a key part of his agenda.
Gov. Deval Patrick visited two of Medford's Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) facilities Wednesday in an effort to highlight his push for transportation funding. Patrick visited the MBTA Fellsway bus garage at 465 Salem St. and then the Wellington Station maintenance garage, where numerous Orange Line trains were being serviced. "There's a tremendous amount of consensus, in and out of the Statehouse...that it's time for re-investment in our transportation infrastructure," Patrick told reporters at Wellington. When asked if the figure of $800 million that's been floated recently would be sufficient, Patrick said it would be a "mistake" to start with a number and work backwards. "So far, the only plan on the table is mine," he said…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Fare hikes and service cuts are a few options T officials proposed in an effort to close the $130 million budget deficit in 2014.
MBTA officials have proposed service cuts and fare increases if there is no increase in funding, based on a $130 projected budget deficit in fiscal year 2014. Director of Strategic Initiatives for the MBTA Charles Planck said at a MBTA finance committee meeting that in order to close the budget gap, T fares would need to go up 33 percent, which means subway fares would move up from $2 to $2.60, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. There was also talk at the meeting of a 15 percent fare increase coupled with the possible elimination of up to 30 bus routes, according to the Globe. Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled an ambitious transportation plan in February that would potentially raise $1.02 billion per year for the next 10 years, some of which, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Electronic devices - especially iPhones - are the most widely stolen items while using MBTA services.
MBTA Transit Police wrote in a blog post Tuesday that iPhones are the most widely thieved item on the T. Police also offered tips on how to keep your stuff safe while riding public transportation (from the blog post): Police also pointed to a public service announcement video on how to keep your stuff safe produced by New York's Metro Transit Authority. Medford is serviced by the T's Orange Line at Wellington Station.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The March 5 meeting is for abutters of the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford. Another meeting about Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension will take place in coming weeks.
The Green Line Extension team is holding a meeting, on March 5, about construction of the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford, according to an email from the team. The March 5 meeting, held at the Saint Clement Church cafeteria in Somerville, is for abutters of construction. However, the email says there will be a broader meeting about Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension sometime in coming weeks. Phase 1 consists of reconstructing two bridges and tearing down a building. It represents about 1.5 percent of the entire cost of the Green Line Extension. The other bridge that will be reconstructed during Phase 1 is the Medford Street Bridge in Somerville. Phase 1 would also tear down a building at 21 Water St. in Cambridge to make way for the new …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Due to the strain on resources, the MBTA has no plans as of now to extend service hours despite massive local interest.
The days of the Night Owl bus service are long gone, and as of now, they may not return. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said until the state implements Gov. Deval Patrick’s recent 21st Century Plan transportation budget roll out, late night service is out of the question. “Given the enormous strain on the MBTA’s limited resources, the Authority cannot even consider an extension of service hours before action is taken on the 21st Century Transportation Plan,” Pesaturo said in an email. The Night Owl bus service, which ran buses from the end of service at 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., existed between 2001 and 2005, but was too costly to maintain. Another major issue working against late night service is the short time it allows for crews to perform …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Buses once again replace trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove on Saturday and Sunday.
According to the MBTA's website, there will once again be an Orange Line diversion this coming weekend. Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove Stations on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. The bus service will make all station stops between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove, with normal service set to resume Monday, Feb. 18. All of the shuttle bus stops will be accessible for persons with disabilities, according to the MBTA. This diversion is taking place as crews "perform track, power, and signal work as part of the Assembly Square Station Project," according to the MBTA.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The service should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
UPDATE: Starting at 2 p.m., limited subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange and Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and the Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. EARLIER STORY: As crews continue to dig out from the blizzard, MBTA service will remain suspended Sunday. The goal is to have service restored by Monday. Feb. 11, according to MBTA.com/weather. “The safety of customers and employees continues to be the MBTA's top…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Ridership aboard the MBTA went up by 2.3 percent system-wide in 2012 despite a mid-year fare hike.
Ridership was up on the MBTA in 2012. According to figures released by MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott Thursday, 400 million riders took trips on the MBTA in 2012, which is good for a 2.3 percent increase over ridership in 2011. Analysts projected ridership would decrease by 5.5 percent once the June increase took effect, but just the opposite occurred, according to a statement from Scott which accompanied the figures. Also, this was the first time that average daily ridership was above 1.3 million for an entire calendar year, Scott said. Overall MBTA ridership, which includes the subways, commuter rails, buses, private buses and the RIDE service, as increased each year since 2009, according to the figures. Ridership in 2012 went up 2.6…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Two Medford residents claim project hasn't taken environmental, social aspects into account.
Medford residents Carolyn Rosen and Dr. William Wood have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Boston against the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration regarding the MBTA Green Line extension. The complaint, filed Jan. 18, alleges those two entities "failed to adequately address environmental issues pertaining to the human environment and its natural resources in the city of Medford" in formulating the plans for the Green Line extension, according to a statment from Rosen and Wood. In addition, the complaint "contends that civil rights of the environmental justice community and disability population of Medford have been violated throughout the Green Line Extension process," they said. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Buses will run between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove stations Saturday and Sunday.
A reminder about an upcoming diversion for all of those Orange Line riders out there: Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove stations on Saturday and Sunday. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities. Normal service for the Orange Line will resume on Monday.