Friday, May 17, 2013
Four stops will be lengthened and otherwise enhanced beginning in June.
Four inbound stops along the MBTA 39 bus route in Jamaica Plain will be improved next month. Stops to be improved are the Seaverns Avenue, St. John Street and Roseway Street stops along Centre Street and the South Huntington Avenue stop at Perkins Street. Each stop will be built out from the existing curb about three feet, according to Michael Reiskind, Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association member, at a Wednesday meeting. Other improvements include new benches at the Perkins and St. John stops, new bike racks at the Perkins, Seaverns and Roseway stops, new solar trash compactors at all four stops, new trees at the South Huntington Avenue stop and a new newspaper corral box in front of Purple Cactus and Q Salon. The new curbs …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The new system will provide more detailed service alert information via text and email.
The MBTA is rolling out an entirely new alerts system next month which includes changes from the details provided in alert messages to a visual website enhancement. Through the new system, which goes into effect June 4, users can opt to receive email or text alerts for a late bus or train or a service interruption, much like the old system. However, the new alerts “will be clearer and more detailed with additional information regarding specific trip times, service schedule changes, and distinct directional, branch and station communications,” according to anMBTA press statement released Thursday. MBTA Deputy Press Secretary Kelly Smith further explained the new system in an email to Patch: "It’s built around a core of GTFS data. GTFS, or …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The explosive-sniffing dogs recently began service with the MBTA by way of the Middle East.
Three bomb-sniffing dogs were led into service along the MBTA this week. The Metro’s Boston edition reported Monday the three dogs – Moxie, Shifty and Wire – completed tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, completing weeks of training to get them used to working around civilians. The Metro also published a photo gallery of the dogs with their transit police counterparts Tuesday.
Friday, May 10, 2013
A driver, a cyclist, a runner, an in-line skater and a T rider raced from Somerville to Boston's business district Tuesday morning.
What's the fastest way to get from Davis Square to Boston's business district during rush hour? Taking the T, according to results from Tuesday's Rush Hour Race. Hosted by the LivableStreets Alliance and the Somerville Bicycle Committee, the Rush Hour Race pitted five types of commuters against each other: A driver, a T rider, a cyclist, a runner and an in-line skater. The challenge was to get from Redbones in Davis Square to Dewey Square, outside South Station, during rush hour. Racers took off at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to results posted by LivableStreets on Twitter, the T rider won. The driver lost big time. Steve Annear, a freelance reporter who rode along with the cyclist, posted on Twitter the following results from the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The incident was caught on a bus’ security cam.
On the same day the MBTA launched their “don’t touch a bus driver” campaign, the transit police posted a video showing a woman shoving a driver before exiting a bus. The MBTA Transit Police in a May 6 post on the police blog are urging the public to contact them if they recognize the woman who is carrying a young child in the video. “Take another look contact us if you know her, 617-222-1050, MBTA SeeSay app or anonymously at our text tip line 873873” the post says. Beginning this week, MBTA buses have posted signage which say “Don’t Touch The Driver” in an effort to prevent attacks on on-duty MBTA employees.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
There have been 28 reported assaults on MBTA employees during the first four months of 2013.
The MBTA wants the public to know that if they attack a driver while working, there will be serious consequences. The MBTA’s new “Don’t Touch The Driver” public relations campaign features posters on the ceilings and backs of chairs inside buses depicting hands in handcuffs and messages warning that an attacker will be sought after, arrested and prosecuted. “Violence toward a bus driver is against the law,” one poster says. “We will prosecute.” The campaign, which includes a new recorded message issued by T General Manager Beverly Scott at T stations issued, follows the most recent attack, which took place in Dorchester where a group of teenagers flagged down a bus and then proceeded to attack the driver. There have been 28 reported …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Google partnered with the MBTA to deliver free wireless internet to the Boston area’s largest train station.
The MBTA is starting to get wired. South Station will have free wireless internet beginning today, according to a joint press release from Google, Redevelopment Ventures Corp. and the MBTA. Google invested in the endeavor and Redevlopment Ventures Corp. is responsible for WiFi development, the press release says. “Anything that improves our customers’ transit experience is a good thing,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said in the statement. “By coupling this new initiative with the WiFi service provided on Commuter Rail trains, the MBTA is keeping its customers connected from the moment they enter South Station to the time they exit trains.”
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Richard 'Dic' Donohue, the transit police officer injured in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt, has taken to the MBTA Transit Police blog to thank the public for its support.
MBTA Police Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue is thankful to be alive. He was injured in the early morning hours of the gun battle that played out in Watertown on April 19, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Recently, Donohue posted a blog on the MBTA Transit Police website remarking about his “miraculous” recovery and thanking the public for their concerns and prayers. Here is the post in its entirety: I cannot begin to properly thank everyone involved in my recovery, as many fearless individuals stepped up and acted heroically that night. To start I must thank my brothers from the Transit, Boston, Harvard, Watertown, Cambridge and State Police, as well as fire department personnel and the various other first responders, all of…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The parcels, all in the Southwest Corridor, run along the Orange Line.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is seeking bidders for four Jamaica Plain parcels. The vacant remnant parcels are located outside of the layout lines for the rapid transit system and were reverted back to MassDOT from the MBTA after work on the Southwest Corridor Project was completed, according to MassDOT. Below is a breakdown of each parcel, according to the MassDOT request for proposal (pdf): •Parcel B105-8, consisting of approximately 375 + square feet of land, with frontage on Call Street and near the intersection of Carolina Avenue. • Parcels B101-2, consisting of approximately 552 + square feet of land, located at rear of Everett Street. • Parcels B101-3, consisting of approximately 686 + square feet of land, with …
The twice-daily express commuter rail made its debut Monday.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation alongside other agencies launched a new express commuter train between Worcester and Boston Monday morning. The train runs along the Worcester/Framingham line twice daily: once toward Boston during the morning commuter and once toward Worcester in the afternoon, according to MBTA.com. During weekday mornings, the train will depart from Worcester’s Union Station at 6:20 a.m., make a stop in Framingham at 7 a.m., make another stop at Back Bay Station at 7:37 a.m. and finish the run at South Station at 7:43 a.m. In the afternoon, the train will depart from South Station at 5:35 p.m., stop at Back Bay Station at 5:41 p.m., make a stop in Framingham at 6:13 p.m. and finish in Worcester at 6:43 p.m…