Transportation and the T

MassDOT Begins Public Hearings Tonight on Transit Expansion

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What’s that? You already got through 117 pages of the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan for 2014-2018 (pdf)? You’ve got us beat, but do the Commonwealth a service and have your voice heard.

Tonight, MassDOT is holding the first in a series of public hearings on their future plans for capital improvements. Join the discussion tonight at 6:00 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza. It’s unfortunately the only one of several scheduled that is convenient for Bostonians, especially (ironically) those that don’t have cars.

Earlier this month, MassDOT made headlines for a number of standout initiatives included the investment plans. Some of our favorite highlights, and ones we’ll return to in the future:

  • Completion of the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford by 2020
  • Signal and track repairs to restore permanent Cape Flyer train service
  • Realignment of the Mass Pike through Allston and the Beacon Park train yards
  • Diesel multiple units (DMUs) expanding local service to Dorchester, Chelsea and the Seaport on the “Indigo Line”

If you can’t make it tonight, there are several more hearings over the next two weeks, per MassDOT’s website. But you will have to travel far and wide:

  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm,  Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield
  • Wednesday, February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Law Building, Moot Court Room, North Dartmouth
  • Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Lynn City Hall Council Chambers, 3 City Hall Square

There is a hearing tonight in Worcester’s Union Station, also at 6:00. Had we the resources, we totally would have liveblogged from the Worcester and Boston hearings simultaneously. Perhaps another time.

Bostonian Habits, Transportation and the T

MBTA Mapping Gets a Facelift

The MBTA realized that their current mapping system lends itself to confusing everyone as to why you can’t get to Fenway from the E-Line.

This past spring, the MBTA launched the New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design competition. Vote for your favorite here because the MBTA may use the map with the most favorable public response from this contest as the new MBTA map, so please be sure to vote!!

This one looks pretty snazzy and modern:Survey Map 6 lg



Back Bay, Downtown, Fenway, Quickly Around Town, Transportation and the T

Back Bay Transportation Nightmare

Universal Hub reports a cable fire on the Green Line near the Arlington station is causing major transit headaches this morning. Stations are shut down in the Back Bay, with commuters waiting over 25 minutes for shuttle buses at Kenmore Station. Many are opting to walk the remainder of their commute in this morning’s 10 degree, windy weather.

Surface transit is also affected, with traffic clogged on Boylston St. from Arlington St. running west to the Prudential Tower. It also appears Silver Line buses are coming into service off their normal route as shuttles, replacing the Green Line.

The Green Line is stuck half a stop away and it's 10 degrees out. #mbtaannoy
Anne Steele

If helicopters and fire engines weren’t enough, the Red Line commuters also suffered disabled trains at Porter and Andrew stations.

Quickly Around Town, Transportation and the T

Ride the T Without Trousers

It’s that time of year again.

The annual “No Pants Subway Ride” will be this Sunday. Created by Improv Everywhere and brought to Boston by BostonSOS, the time and train line have yet to be announced. But I’d pay just to see the faces of the unsuspecting brunch goers this Sunday when everyone drops trou on their train.

According to Facebook, over 600 pantless people have agreed to show up on Sunday to ride the train. Kudos to the brave souls who dare sit on the train in just their skivvies.