Commonwealth Avenue

By - 11/13/15 - 10:03 pm

BU Today reports on the impending work to buttress the bridge over the turnpike and train tracks, which is falling apart enough to force the shutdown of the B Line this past summer.

By - 10/30/15 - 9:43 am

Perry Donham alerts us that BU will be doing some drone-filming along Comm. Ave. and the Charles River through 6 p.m.

By - 10/28/15 - 10:00 am

Pedestrian plaza proposed for Harvard/Comm intersection

The City of Boston Public Works Department last night presented new plans for the reconstruction of Commonwealth Avenue between Brighton Avenue (Packards Corner) and Warren/Kelton Streets.

To create space for wider sidewalks and dedicated space for people biking, it was proposed that left-side angled parking be removed from the carriage road and any remaining angled parking be reconfigured to parallel parking along the curb. Read more.

By - 10/2/15 - 9:32 am
Proposed pedestrian plaza on Commonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue in Allston

Rendering of possible pedestrian plaza on Comm. Ave. inbound at Harvard.

An upcoming $20-million revamp of Comm. Ave. from Packards Corner to Warren Street could include new plazas at Harvard Avenue aimed at turning the huge intersection into a place where people would actually want to hang out. Read more.

By - 9/17/15 - 10:42 am
Police giving out free helmets to bicyclists without them

Turlach MacDonagh reports police were giving out free helmets to bicyclists without them this morning on Comm. Ave. at the BU Bridge.

Photo copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/12/15 - 5:36 pm
Commonwealth Avenue closed

UPDATE: WCVB reports somebody dropped off a bag at Goodwill, said it had a bomb in it. By 6 p.m., police had determined it did not.

Crash Safety shows us the 900 block of Commonwealth Avenue around 5 p.m. after it was evacuated due to a suspicious package.

By - 9/1/15 - 12:16 pm
Budget  rental truck stuck on Green Line tracks

Plunkett Prime shows us the Budget rental truck whose driver somehow got its left tires over the curb and onto the Green Line right of way and now, of course, it's stuck, and blocking all the outbound B trolleys behind it.

By - 8/26/15 - 5:25 pm
A note asking for an explanation of a cone on a car in Brighton

Just because it's not the middle of winter doesn't mean we have to go without confounding parking notes. Brad Burns found this note - and attached pen on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton today.

By - 8/25/15 - 7:05 pm
Commonwealth Avenue argument between SUV driver and trolley driver

After trying, but failing, to cut off a trolley at Linden Street and Comm. Ave. around 6:30 p.m., the driver of the Escalade could have backed off, let the trolley, and the other trolley coming from the other direction, through, then been on his way. But, no, of course not. As URNotinvisible shows, the guy got out of his land yacht and began yelling at the T driver.

As of 7 p.m., the T reported no problems due to yelling people standing on tracks, so presumably this particular logjam has been fixed (you didn't, however, ask about the signal problems at Park Street).

By - 8/17/15 - 1:52 pm
Derailed Green line trolley on Commonwealth Avenue

Off-the-rails B trolley. Photo by John Battaglino.

UPDATE: Service restored at 3:30 p.m.

The T is telling B Line riders to take the 57 bus instead between Kenmore Square and Packards Corner, due to a trolley with wheels that no longer fully rest on the tracks.

By - 8/7/15 - 10:59 am

The Back Bay intersection where a bicyclist was hit and killed this morning was identified in a city report two years ago as the most dangerous in the city for bicyclists. Read more.

By - 8/5/15 - 12:47 pm

Around noon, Boston Police swarmed the area of Comm. Ave. and Harvard Avenue, where a guy was allegedly threatening people with a taser outside the McDonald's. They quickly found the suspect and the taser and now he's undergoing booking.

By - 7/18/15 - 10:31 pm
Woman pointing at giant hole at Brighton trolley stop

The pointing problem finder of Brighton points out another problem, at the Green Line stop at Comm. Ave. and Washington Street:

Horrible little pothole on the MBTA just perfect for taking out a little old lady.

Earlier pointed complaints:
Giant red ball.
Fallen sign.

By - 6/15/15 - 9:02 pm

An MBTA inspector was injured at the Harvard Avenue stop on the B Line around 7 p.m. A spokesman says: Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 6:31 pm

Seems a driver didn't spot that tiny little trolley heading outbound in time and so ran into it at Comm. Ave. and St. Paul shortly after 6 p.m. No injuries, but service was, of course, disrupted until about 6:30.

By - 6/12/15 - 10:46 am

The Boston Licensing Board ruled yesterday an Allston liquor store did nothing wrong selling a 40 and a pint of vodka to a homeless man after the store presented evidence that while he might be a chronic alcoholic, he wasn't drunk at that moment. Read more.

By - 5/8/15 - 9:33 am
Woman with skeleton in Allston
Skeleton with a Sox cap on

You never know what you'll see on Comm. Ave. in Allston. This morning, roving UHub photographer Sam D. spotted this woman heading to the street with a skeleton and a single bicycle helmet.

No clues where they were headed, but maybe they're on the way to Fenway, where Mr. Bones will join the Sox rotation.

By - 5/2/15 - 12:33 pm
Crash at Commonwealth Avenue and Allston Street in Allston

Boom! Pandi reports another driver plowed into another traffic signal at Comm. Ave. and Allston Street around noon, knocking the lights to the ground and probably not doing much good for the car and the driver. A tree also did not fare well.

In December:
Demolition derby continues at Allston intersection

By - 3/25/15 - 11:31 am
Boston Mayor Walsh announces a new traffic-fatality plan

Mayor Walsh, other city officials and an old parking meter today.

Mayor Walsh said today the dedicated bike lanes planned for Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner are only part of a long-term "Vision 0" plan to curb crashes and traffic-related deaths through a combination of street reconfiguration and tougher enforcement.

By - 3/25/15 - 7:35 am

The Globe reports on the plans for rebuilding Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner with "cycle tracks" that would use barriers to keep motorists out of the bike lanes.

The Herald froths about the goddamn tree-hugging dirty hippie socialists in Spandex destroying America thanks Obama.