The city of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development has filed legislation (sponsored by Mattapan's State Rep. Russell Holmes) that would allow the MBTA to sell land along its rail lines to developers at discounted rates, according to Scott Van Voorhis at the Globe. A second proposal would allow the city to offer property tax incentives to developers in order to encourage them to build housing affordable to those with low and/or moderate incomes.
Getting around the Seaport District by car can be a royal pain, especially during the evening commute. According to the Boston Herald, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) thinks it has the solution. It wants to get into the shuttle bus business.
Measured in terms of passenger trips and customer satisfaction, the MBTA's Late Night Service Pilot Program is a success. Measured simply in dollars and cents, however, it's a failure, expected to run a $10.7 million deficit during its first year. If things don't change, it seems likely the service will be cut back, or canceled entirely.
The MBTA broke in unrelenting record-setting winter weather but to be honest it's often late, unreliable, and long in the tooth year round. Call your state legislators, tell them about your commute and ask them to invest in greater Boston's public transit system.
Just passed Orange Line outbound track Wellington to Oak Grove - still not plowed out
I was one of three people who had their cars broken into on Friday afternoon at Quincy Adams T station garage. Golf clubs were stolen out of my trunk and my window was smashed. One of the other unlucky souls mentioned a laptop being stolen and both of the other victims had much more extensive window damage. Oh, they also keyed the side of my car just for kicks.
Being that this is the second incident in the past six months, I vote that we up the security in the garage please.
the closure of Government Center station such a secret from the passengers? As I first mentioned some weeks ago (in a reply to another post), announcements about the closure, save for an occasional Green Line operator, are almost non existent. Further, only a handful of the line maps I've observed on Green Line streetcars have not yet been modified with the temporary "CLOSED" stickers over the Government Center stop.
But earlier, I received the ultimate proof of the MBTA's campaign to keep unwary tourists and other non-everyday users of the system in the dark about the Government Center closure. Witness this alert:
Got this alert earlier:
Park St: Beginning Wed, Apr 30, the D & E branches will switch berths with D branch trains berthing on Track 2 & E branch trains berthing on Track 1
Green Line D branch
Green Line E branch
Last updated: Apr 25 2014 3:58 PM
As to why this is sensible - at present D trains terminate at Park Street most of the time due to Government Center being closed, and this change will eliminate the "musical platforms" nonsense that currently happens.
Heading home after lunch with my inamorato, I was caught in the afternoon rainstorm. I boarded the CT1 bus at the corner of Huntington Ave and Massachusetts Ave. The CT1 is the "Express" version of the #1 bus that runs all the way from Harvard Square, Cambridge down Mass Ave to Dudley Square in Roxbury. It has fewer stops than the regular #1 bus.
Last month, the MBTA announced a contest in which anyone could design what could be the next MBTA map.
A couple months ago, the Federal Transit Administration updated its National Transit Database to include data from 2011. Their database analyzes the country's major public transit systems in many ways, including by size, usage, and budget.
The NTD includes "Fare Recovery Ratios" for transit systems across the USA. This is the percentage that passengers pay - out of pocket - compared to what their rides actually cost.
The data is further broken down by system and within each, by mode of transportation - so, subway (light rail and heavy rail), but also commuter rail, bus, an boat rides.
Passengers in Boston and in Massachusetts pay wildly different percentages of real costs. (The data is from 2011, prior to the July 2012 fare increases.)
Heavy rail transit riders (Red Line, Blue Line, Orange Line) pay about half of what their rides actually cost, as do light rail users (Green Line). Commuter rail passengers pay about 44% of the cost of their rides.
Demand response users (which I believe means "The Ride", here in Boston) pay just 4.14% of the cost of their rides.
How has the MBTA changed / grown / shrunk during the past 117 years?
Check out the visualization below to see the birth of the Green Line in 1895, the expansion of the Red Line through 1985, and the "repositioning" of the Orange Line. Descriptions of the changes included under the map.
(Permission granted by author)
another power problem on the Riverside Line - with buses replacing streetcars between Reservoir and Riverside. Here's the official alert:
Alternate shuttle bus service will replace Green D-Branch trains between Reservoir and Riverside Station due to a power problem. Please expect significant delays and seek alternate transportation where available. Ã‚ 9/7/2012 7:42 PM
Note that the MBTA has posted this exact same alert about the wire problem at least four times since 6:20. They obviously don't understand that people don't need to have their phones on to get messages.
that the T hailed as a temporary solution to the commuter rail's reliablity problems.
Well, I've learned from a reliable source (retired MBCR employee who's a friend of mine) that, at the direction of T management, the MBCR has taken all those locomotives out of service, and they will be heading back to Maryland early Saturday morning.
The reason for this - mechanical problems that made the locomotives too unreliable to operate.
Got this interesting T alert earlier today:
Orange Line experiencing 10-15 min delays due to a signal problem at Orient Heights Station.Ã‚ 6/5/2012 5:52 AM.
note - I presumed the alert was for the Orange Line, as I'm not signed up to get Blue Line alerts
Everyone can agree that the economy is rough. This holiday season, more than usual, is important to local retailers. Small businesses in Porter and Davis squares now have another hurdle to deal with starting November 5th, no red line service on the weekends. The residents probably aren't happy about it either.
Recently, if you look out the windows on the Red Line between Harvard and Porter, you'll almost always find workers pressing against the wall to let a train by. In case the water-stained tunnel walls don't give it away: they're working on the corroded tracks as we speak. However, that may not be enough time to keep the tunnels in shape, and as The Globe explains:
Fire up Google Maps to find out where to catch the bus, and it won't help much; dozens or hundreds of stops are displayed in the wrong locations, have the wrong bus lines associated with them, or aren't shown at all.
Try this mess at Brigham Circle, for example. You'll spend a long time waiting for the 39 on Tremont Street, yet that's where Google Maps now declares the 39 stops; the stop for the 39 on Huntington Avenue is gone.
The MBTA's annual Ridership and Service Statistics report, a.k.a., "the blue book" was released on May 10.
This report includes a true treasure-trove of statistics through which to pour - most popular / least popular lines and routes, including number of entries and exists, schedules' adherence, types of buses and subway cars in use, etc. This is for all bus, subway, trackless trolley, ferry, and THE RIDE routes.
Top 25 subway stations