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.
Boston's decision to permanently set up a dedicated weekday morning bus and bike lane on Washington Street between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills was based not just on surveys of people taking the newly speeded up buses during two pilot runs but on data collected in a 2016 study about just whose cars would be displaced by the elimination of parking in the morning. Read more.
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.
The State House News Service reports on a $1.2-million pilot project on several bus lines, to begin in September.
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.
WBZ reports a bullet shattered the windshield of a 1 bus in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Albany Street shortly after midnight. No injuries.
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.
Alight is a startup by some MIT grad students who think they have a bus-schedule app that could turn into a bus online community. Their app (currently just Android) will let you see when the next bus is coming - and then, as you ride, tell you stories about the buildings and places you pass. Read more.
Even with a guaranteed - and free - parking space in the City Hall garage, at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu usually takes the T to work from her home in Roslindale. This week, she decided to experiment and up her game - and try to get around Boston only on the T and Hubway. She chronicled her experience: Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a series of steps aimed at speeding bus service in Boston, which he'll pay for in part by increasing parking fines. Read more.
The MBTA this week added some additional buses on weekday mornings to to the 16, 19, 31, 32, 65, 70, 104, 109 and 455 routes.
The 109, 117 and 455 routes get some extra service on Saturday mornings; the 31, 109 and 455 on Sundays.
The Herald reports the T is soliciting bids from companies to run buses between 1 and 4:15 a.m. from Mattapan into downtown and then up to East Boston and Chelsea for a nine-month pilot.
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