Friday, August 17, 2012
Electronic boards tell riders at South Station when the next train will arrive. The program will be rolled out slowly to all branches except the Green Line.
Finally, Boston subway riders will know at a glance when the next train is coming. The MBTA flipped the switch Wednesday morning on experimental signs at South Station which indicate when the next train is expected. If all goes well, the signs would be put into service at Park Street later in August and Downtown Crossing in September. That's according to a Boston Globe report on the pilot program. Eventually, all stations in the system would get the signs. There's one big caveat though: The Green Line won't have the countdown clocks because of its old tracking system, the Globe reports. There are smart phone apps that predict when buses and trains will show up, but Boston is behind New York, Chicago, London and Washington, D.C. in having …
Monday, July 30, 2012
The city's interim bike czar — JP's Kris Carter — said his home neighborhood is "on the horizon" for a bike-sharing station. But he stressed he can't make any promises.
As the city's bike-sharing program, Hubway, keeps expanding, bike-crazy JP residents have one question. When are we getting it? The city's interim director of Boston Bikes, JP resident Kris Carter, says a neighborhood station for the popular service is "on the horizon." He can't make promises, but he said things look promising for JP to get a station in summer 2013. Carter says the idea of bringing the bike-sharing system to JP is getting strong support from our district city councilor, Matt O'Malley. Hubway grows from the inside out. That's because the further stations are from each other, the higher the chance there are no bikes available or nowhere to park your returning bike. The ideal distance between stations is a quarter mile. That …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Traffic, closures and power outage update.
Traffic conditions are improving around Back Bay, Copley and Mass Ave, but many signals are not functioning, and multiple businesses are closed in the wake of a giant fire at the parking garage of the Back Bay Hilton. Local police, along with state police as backup, are out in full force directing traffic. But if you approach an intersection where the lights aren't working and there's no officer, treat it as a stop sign and yield to cars to your right. The Pru Tunnel on the Mass Pike reopened this morning. Green line service is not stopping at Prudential and Symphony stops, but the Mass. Ave. stop on the orange line reopened this morning. All Boston schools are open, and Snowden International is running on a generator. The Boston Public …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The report includes data on Hubway's success and a list of awards the city has won for being bike- and pedestrian-friendly.
It's been a big year for bikes in JP (and the city as a whole). In JP, we added bike lanes. We heard biking voices raised both for and against the idea of not rebuilding the Casey Overpass after it is torn down. And the Hubway, the city's bike-sharing program, still hasn't reached JP, though it is scheduled to expand to Somerville and Cambridge this year. Below is a press release from the office of Mayor Thomas Menino touting what it says is the progress being made in making Boston a better city for bicyclists: Mayor Thomas Menino released the Boston Bikes Annual Report on Tuesday, highlighting the success of Boston’s biking initiatives and previewing plans for its continued growth. Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007 with the goal of …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A power problem has the T using bus replacement service.
UPDATE, 9:26 a.m. — The T reports that power is back on and that service is restored, but to expect what they call "residual delays." ~~~~~ A power problem is causing chaos along JP's section of the Orange Line. Power is out from Forest Hills station to Ruggles. The T has started bus replacement service but says to expect delays of 20 minutes. On Twitter, riders are saying the delay is more like 45 minutes. The T recommends seeking alternate transportation if you can. One JP resident, Gretchen Van Ness, reports that chivalry is not dead. A friend in a car stopped and picked her up at the Stony Brook station, along with three strangers, and drove them all to their jobs downtown.