Ouch! That's loud and early! Central Square (in Lynn, not Cambridge) is not happy this morning and the MBTA is going to hear about it.
Imagine my surprise when I go to pay my parking fee at Middleboro/Lakeville and see a "New Parking Rate $3.00/day" sign! The MBTA has heard our pleas and compromised with us! Hooray!
Imagine my utter confusion when I see a sign that contradicts this 3 feet to the right.
Apropos of the MBTA's court order-enforced prior restraint gag order against MIT students, we now see see powerful credit card companies pressure the producers of Discovery Channel Mythbusters to not air programs they've developed that reveal similar security problems.
They might wish to have a word with the MBCR's commuter-rail conductors. From a Worcester-line rider's note to the MBCR about a late train on Aug. 14:
... It's bad enough to have your trains arrive over 30 minutes late with no signage indicating so at the station! The female conductor did not even bother to collect fares. I asked another passenger who boarded... Read more
Since when are the MBTA Transit Police allowed to make traffic stops on Huntington Avenue? Spotted at ~10:10, between South Huntington and Mission Hill (nowhere near a bus stop or any other MBTA property, and no buses or trolleys in sight, either): male and female officers from one of the "wagon" Transit Police units, inspecting the license of a driver and speaking to her.
A... Read more
For a long time, and likely longer than most would like to remember, the River Street Bridge over Mother Brook (that run down cement bridge by Kelly Field) has been in need of repair or replacement, and has long had a restriction on one side which has been outlined by "Jersey Barriers."
Sometime last night, people on e-distribution for Police District E-18 got a message... Read more
The Kenmore bus station is finally getting its scaly glass skin.
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Another step forward for the Somerville Green Line: State transportation folks announced this afternoon proposed stops in Somerville and Medford (sort of). The Cambridge Chronicle has the list.
Every time I walk by the AT&T store in Central Square, I notice the snide, laser-printed signs in the window:
"AT&T IS NOT A PLACE TO WAIT FOR THE BUS."
And, technically, it's true. AT&T is, of course, a communications company. "A place to wait for the bus" is less of a "communications company", and more of a "location". Tougher to brand, too, though Wall's... Read more
After yesterday's crash, a Commuter Rail-riding friend (who was not on that train) got this email today from the powers that be:
Subject: Providence/Stoughton Disruption 3.25.2008
TO ALL OUR PROVIDENCE / STOUGHTON LINE CUSTOMERS
There's no way to summarize Mike Mennonno's post about getting from Somerville to Boston Medical Center by MBTA bus, so just go read it.
The T Riders Union (TRU), a public transit riders advocacy group, is holding a rally in front of the State House tomorrow to protest the T's ballooning debt that keeps shoveling the burden onto riders in the form of 3 fare hikes in 6 years.
Riders calling for the State legislature to pass MBTA debt relief legislation and will be joined by co-sponsors of the... Read more
Sick of poor service, uneven automated fare collection machine implementation, and rising fares? Think the new fare increases (from $1.25 to $2.25 cash) are outrageous?
The T Riders Union (TRU) is going to march on the MBTA tomorrow at 12:30pm at MBTA Headquarters (10 Park Plaza, intersection of Park and Charles.) Frustrated riders who are trying to prevent increase of 29-83% to cash and Charlie... Read more
Hmm, why do you think T ridership hasn't increased despite the recent run-up in gasoline prices? Regular T commuter Gary McGath has a possible answer:
... The MBTA offers riders inadequate parking, overcrowded trains, cars that are often freezing or broiling... Read more
So, I was walking from Coolidge Corner down Beacon Street, toward Boston, last night, and I heard from across the street a sudden â€śthump, thump â€¦ thump, thumpâ€ť to my side... It sounded a lot like a car would if... Read more
The number two item in the MBTA customer bill of rights reads: Your safety is our top priority. If we are not performing to your standards, please 'write to the top'. Top level management will respond. Given my interest in personal safety and experiences with the T, I had the opportunity to try this out.
To me, riding the T is usually painless, but getting... Read more