Driving

By - 4/17/15 - 4:23 pm
Tanker stopped by State Police

The tanker after it was stopped. Photo by Mass. State Police.

State Police report arresting a Peabody man on charges he was on drugs while weaving from lane to lane on Rte. 128 southbound in Lexington yesterday morning.

State Police dispatched a trooper after getting several reports from motorists of the tanker "driving erratically" around 11:30 a.m.

Trooper Angela Guerrera assigned to the State Police Barracks in Concord was dispatched and observed the propane tractor

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By - 4/16/15 - 10:24 pm
DeLoarean in Davis Square

J Tamarro spotted this DeLorean on Elm Street in Davis Square tonight.

By - 4/16/15 - 6:30 am

The Huntington News takes a look at Spot, a homegrown app for connecting drivers who need a space with people who have driveways or other parking spaces to rent out - which makes it different from the banned Haystack, which tried to alert people to open spaces on the street.

By - 4/15/15 - 8:13 pm
Arrows on Boston street signs

A disgusted citizen complains about the arrows on many Boston street signs, in this case on Centre Street in West Roxbury:

These overhead signs are useless. The text is so narrow that you can't read any of it. What's with the arrows taking up so much room? Is that even standard? Never seen that in any other city. These signs along Centre St are

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By - 4/13/15 - 6:39 am

Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen thinks the cost of motor-vehicle infractions unfairly burdens low-income residents - and lets the well off just laugh off infractions - so he's proposing the city start basing fines on drivers' income.

The council considers Mazen's request at its meeting tonight, Robert Winter alerts us.

Mazen's proposal is known as "day fining" because fines are based on a... Read more

By - 4/12/15 - 10:24 pm
Car in South End community garden

Jeremy Alistair Dick happened upon a car crashed into the Berkeley Community Garden in the South End tonight. He reports:

Major damage to fence and water service.

By - 4/11/15 - 4:20 pm
Minivan and SUV smashed up on Rte. 128

A minivan and an SUV heading north on 128 south collided around 3:45 p.m., bringing three ambulances as well as police, firefighters and tow trucks and jamming traffic in both directions.

The two vehicles wound up on what passes for a median strip there. Above, people crowded the overpass to take photos.

By - 4/10/15 - 1:47 pm

Driver lost control around 1:30 p.m., plowed into utility pole, took down wires and now the intersection is shut until utility crews can get in and make repairs.

By - 4/9/15 - 2:58 pm

Mayor Walsh today signed an ordinance raising the fines for parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park on game days from $40 to $100 - just one day after the City Council approved the idea.

The increased fine will remain in place through the end of the year - after which city officials will evaluate them to see if it worked to free up... Read more

By - 4/8/15 - 3:51 pm

The City Council today agreed to let Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) hold a series of hearings at which state and city officials can explain how replacing the Casey Overpass with a series of surface roads won't give residents cancer or block ambulances from getting heart-attack and stroke victims to the medical area - but not demand the work be stopped altogether.

Or, at least, that's... Read more

By - 4/8/15 - 1:08 pm

The City Council today approved a proposal to increase the fines for non-residents parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park from $40 to $100 during Red Sox games.

Councilor Josh Zakim, who represents the neighborhood, said the measure should help residents with parking stickers who come home to find all the on-street spaces filled with Sox fans - many of whom find a $40 fine... Read more

By - 4/7/15 - 3:20 pm

focusing on whether or not "RoadRunner" was about to become the official state rock song, that we overlooked this new law - effective today - that quietly slipped through:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/uncategorized/new-motor-vehicle-ligh...

By - 4/7/15 - 8:13 am

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) wonders if the project to replace the Casey Overpass with surface roads will cause problems for people heading to lifesaving medical treatment in the Longwood Medical Area or to soul-saving worship services at area churches, so he's seeking "a series of hearings" on the demolition plans - three years after state officials announced the plans.

The City Council... Read more

By - 4/6/15 - 2:38 pm
Eight hours of shoveling marked on a cone on Ruthven Street in Roxbury

An annoyed citizen complains about the space savers still in place on Ruthven Street, including this one, marked by somebody who apparently thinks eight hours of shoveling is worth a couple months' free parking.

By - 4/5/15 - 7:23 pm

State Police report a woman heading from a ramp at Charlesgate onto Storrow Drive inbound "failed to slow and struck the barrier on the ramp" around 3:45 p.m.

The driver of the 2001 Corolla, 60, was rushed to Mass. General, where she was pronounced dead.

By - 3/31/15 - 9:14 pm

A Saturn and a Focus collided head on shortly before 9 p.m. on Blue Hill Avenue near Deering Road. One of the cars burst into flames. Three people were injured. The road was shut.

By - 3/31/15 - 11:45 am
PacMan on Boston streets

In what's probably an early April Fool's Easter Egg, Google Maps now sports a PacMan mode, which lets you turn local streets into an '80s arcade game. The map above shows the area around Boylston and Tremont. Look for the PacMan button in the lower left of the full-screen desktop Google Maps (it's not there in the "classic" maps).

Via Nick Barber.... Read more

By - 3/31/15 - 11:22 am

The mayor's office announced today that two-way streets turned into one-way streets to account for all that snow will stay that way until at least June 1 - and could become permanently changed that way.

The emergency road reconfiguration had been scheduled to end tomorrow.

Over the next two months, the City will host two community meetings, one at the Condon Elementary School, and one

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By - 3/31/15 - 8:50 am

You can find when your street is supposed to be swept, in case you should maybe want to move your car.

By - 3/30/15 - 9:46 am
Casey Overpass looking towards downtown over the Northeast Corridor

The blizzards may have slowed the work, but there's no mistaking the Casey Overpass is coming down: Trees all around it have been chopped down, there's a new road and sidewalk on the bus-depot side and construction equipment is everywhere.

There are some pretty nice views up there, which will disappear with the overpass - unless you happen to have a drone - from Forest... Read more

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