Friday, May 17, 2013
Dedham Town Administrator Bill Keegan said he has not heard from the MBTA of such intentions but the town has been opposed to the idea in the past.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will soon be studying the possibility of placing two billboards at the Route 128 MBTA garage in Westwood near the Westwood/Dedham line. “No final plan has been developed but we do plan to offer a proposal in the near future,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “Under their contract with the MBTA, Clear Channel has the right to that location (subject to T approval of the plan). Engineering studies need to be conducted prior to a formal presentation of a proposal.” Pesaturo said he did not know when the engineering studies would take place but they "should have a better idea within a month." Dedham Town Administrator Bill Keegan said the town was not aware of any new intentions to place …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Some T stations in the downtown area have been temporarily suspended.
[UPDATED Monday, April 15, 5:53 p.m.] Regular T services has resumed on the MBTA's Green, Orange and Red lines as of 5:45 p.m., following at least two explosions at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Park Street and Downtown Crossing stations have reopened. MBTA T service in downtown Boston was suspended on several lines this afternoon as emergency crews responded to the scene, according to MBTA.com. The MBTA’s Green Line service between Kenmore and Park Street stations were shut down by around 3:30 p.m., although Green Line service will continued to run between Lechmere and North Station. Both the Green Line's B and C services were temporarily suspended, and the D line was only running from Riverside to Fenway. All Green Line …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Without additional funding, MBTA officials are forced to make difficult choices.
MBTA riders could see fares go up in the not-so-distant future if legislators don’t accept Gov. Deval Patrick’s ambitious funding plan. T General Manager Beverley Scott said Tuesday the T will likely hold off on spending $45 million for preventative maintenance and hike fairs to close a projected budget gap of $117 million, factoring in increased ridership and advertising this year, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Director of Strategic Initiatives for the MBTA Charles Planck said at a March 5 MBTA finance committee meeting that fare increases could go up 33 percent under the proposal, which means subway fares would move up from $2 to $2.60. Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey testified before …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The Franklin, Providence/Stoughton and Needham Lines are affected.
Riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail's Franklin, Providence/Stoughton and Needham lines will experience brief delays Monday morning due to downed wires, according to a report on MyFoxBoston.com. Delays of up to one hour are expected Monday morning, with MBTA officials saying the delays are a result of portions of the Amtrak's overhead wires falling down.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Riders on all lines can expect up to 30-minute delays during the evening commute.
Delays that took place on several riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail lines Monday morning will continue Monday evening due to downed Amtrak wires, according to the MBTA. The delays were caused by downed Amtrak power lines in the Forest Hills area Monday morning. The incident affected eight miles of track and the power outage cut out signal systems causing disruptions on several lines, according to an MBTA statement. Passengers on six commuter rail lines and six Amtrak trains experienced delays Monday morning, according to Boston.com. The downed overhead wire on the Amtrak line at the Forest Hills station in Hyde Park reportedly prompted officials to shut down tracks between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., according to MyFoxBoston.com. Riders during …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
According to figures released Wednesday, MBTA ridership increased for the 20th time in 22 months, with specific increases on subway lines.
Despite mid-year fare hikes, people continue to use the MBTA. According to figures released by Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, monthly ridership increased for the 20th time in the last 22 months in November. Daily ridership for November increased by 1.3 percent over November 2011, and averaged 1.329 million passenger trips per weekday, according to an accompanying MBTA statement Wednesday. The increase “continued the MBTA’s trend of modest ridership growth despite the fare increase implemented in July,” Scott said in the statement. There was marked growth on the Red, Orange and Blue subway lines, which grew 5.6 percent in November. Originally, MBTA officials projected subway ridership to drop of 5.3 percent, the statement said…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
There was a lot of discussion about whether or not Readville Yard can be used to create solar energy.
The Readville Yard will now be the home for more than 8,500 solar panels which will create electricity for the MBTA. The MassDOT Board met yesterday to discuss whether or not to move forward with the plans. However, all members of the board voted unanimously to pursue the project. Now the MBTA will be able to increase the amount of renewable energy, including solar energy. This goal is a part of the Patrick/Murray's administration's determination to increase the use of renewable energy. The renewable energy produced through this project will result in a reduction of over 1.4 million pounds of greenhouse gases. According to the MBTA, they will also save an average of $48,900 per year on energy costs.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting this weekend — and some routes will have decreased service.
On Sunday the MBTA's fare increases start. They're being imposed — along with service cuts — to close the transit agency's $160 million budget gap. Those service cuts also begin Sunday. There are other changes, like an increase in the surcharge for getting your Commuter Rail ticket on the train (if the station where you board has ticket machines). THE RIDE will add a more expensive $5 zone starting Oct. 1. For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system beginning Sunday, visit this T link or check out the PDFs attached to this post. Here's a look at the new costs, including the commuter rail:
Friday, June 29, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting this weekend.
July, and the MBTA's fare increases, are almost here. Beginning Sunday, T riders will need to pay more to board trains and buses. Here's a look at the new costs: There are other fare changes to things line Communter Rail tickets and THE RIDE. For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system beginning Sunday, visit here.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
After June 30, you won't be able to use old MBTA tokens to add value to your CharlieCard.
Thanks to Ron Newman, who posted a reminder about this on Davis Square Livejournal. Even if you live in the suburbs, many of us do use the T daily getting to and from work and school. So here's an important message for all T riders. If you have old T tokens lying around, they're currently worth $1.25 if you use them in a CharlieCard machine. Although the MBTA got rid of token-operated turnstiles more than five years ago, the tokens are still worth the money, and you can use them to add value to your CharlieCard. After June 30, that will all change. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo confirmed that starting July 1, old tokens won't have monetary value, at least as far as the T is concerned — they may be worth something as collectibles. So, if …