Workers are busy this week assembling a series of large metal pipes into the frame of a canopy for long suffering riders of the Washington Street and Centre Street buses that use the upper busway at Forest Hills. The old canopy was taken down years ago as part of the reconfiguration of the busway to make way for the new Arborway/Washington Street layout. Read more.
Butch reports it took him 45 minutes to go the roughly two miles from Jamaicaway to Forest Hills this afternoon.
That didn't take long at all: The Boston Transportation Department today announced it will create a permanent morning lane just for buses and bicyclists on Washington Street between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills - a week after it ended a pilot to see if the idea could work. Read more.
With the end of a month-long pilot of a bus/bike lane on Washington Street, the stretch between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills was back to its usual gridlock this morning, the LivableStreets Alliance reports.
The T and the Boston Transportation Department barred parking on the northbound side of the street in the morning rush hour to gauge how well a dedicated lane would work. Now we wait for the results of their studying.
You might think that having an enormous metal and glass structure over your head would be enough to protect you from torrential downpours, but obviously not, as BNF shows us at the lower busway at Forest Hills. But don't bother upper-busway riders with any complaints - most of them have nothing at all to stand under.
This woman moved around the upper busway at Forest Hills this afternoon, proclaiming the end was no longer nigh, it was here. She spent some time on the sidewalk and some time in the busway itself, proclaiming a warning or promise to people who mostly tuned her out. At one point, she stood at the edge of the 36/37 berth and continued to give witness even after both buses left and the berth was completely empty.
Every weekday between 5 and 9 a.m. for the next month, Washington Street will have a lane set aside for just buses and bicycles between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills, to let transportation planners gauge whether the idea could work permanently. Read more.
Margaret Pimentel is all set to open her Achilitos Taqueria, in the new building at 38 Hyde Park Ave., where YMAA used to be, but both the mayor's office and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council asked the Boston Licensing Board today to defer action on her request for a food-serving license until after she can meet with the council to discuss her proposal. Read more.
Boston firefighters responded around 11:15 a.m. to Forest Hills station when an overheated motor on an Orange Line train parked on one of the storage tracks past the station sparked a small fire. Firefighters quickly doused the fire and packed up their equipment - and the command center they'd set up inside the station.
Spotted this afternoon getting on a 34E at Forest Hills.
Jamaica Plain News reports a restaurant called Bar Orange hopes to open where Tonic and Grass Fed failed across from the Forest Hills T station.
But now it's gone and the MBTA reports normal service on the Orange Line again.
MassDOT reports that after tomorrow morning's rush hour, like around 10 a.m. or so, workers will shift the westbound (towards the Jamaicway) lanes on the Arborway at Forest Hills to their new permanent positions, which will mean getting into a new mindset when driving through the area. Read more.
Colleen O'Connor watched the waterfall at the Forest Hills T stop round 10 p.m.
The MBTA reports everything's back to normal on the Orange Line, where a train was taken out back and shot at Forest Hills, and on the Red Line, where a train left this mortal coil at JFK/UMass.
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