Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Six stops will be closed and others to be improved in size or location.
Almost a year to the date after a community meeting at Belmont's Beech Street Center to discuss the changes it would propose, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority yesterday, Monday, June 17, announced improvements to the Route 73 bus/trolley line, one of the MBTA most heavily-used lines running from Harvard Square to Belmont's Waverley Square. The work will take place through August, according to the MBTA press release. The MBTA said it will begin consturction for its "Key Bus Routes Improvement Program," which will include the Number 73 – which serves 2,400 users daily – and 14 other bus routes throughout the T's service area during the summer months. The selected 15 routes are the busiest in the network, according to an MBTA …
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Massachusetts may approve 18 more giant lighted boards as a way to boost revenue. Is it worth the money if the light burns all night long?
Are you ready for digital billboards on state land across the commonwealth? The Department of Transportation wants the glowing house-sized signs on its property across the state, and the revenue they'll bring to the state, according to the Boston Globe. Under the current deal signed with Clear Channel, the state would get a cut of each billboard's revenue—either 25 percent or $90,000 a year, whichever is higher. But other states have negotiated more lucrative deals. Current Massachsetts state law allows these digital billboards, but prohibits any animation. So you won't see the latest Geico lizard ad or anything like that, but you may see a rotating set of images. It also requires the sign's owner to set aside time for public service …
Friday, May 31, 2013
Suspension of some weekend service from Belmont.
Throughout the months of June through November 2013 the MBTA will be performing the first phase of construction of major improvements on the Fitchburg Line. This three year improvement project will improve track, signals, bridges, and stations to reduce trip time and increase service reliability. To facilitate the efficient completion of this work, weekend service will be suspended through the work areas. Substitute busing will not be provided. Normal Weekend (Sunday) service will operate on the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving weekends. • Weekend train service only will terminate and originate at South Acton from June 1 to July 28 to allow work to be performed between South Acton and Fitchburg. • Weekend train service only …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
About $1,100 in an envelope left on the Belmont-bound electric bus Monday.
A Watertown man is back in the black after he came forward to claim a grand a Good Samaritan and a MBTA operator took good care of after he lost it on his way home from work. The MBTA Transit Police announced last night the $1,100 in cash left on a seat on the Route 73 trackless trolley Monday, May 6, was back in the hands of its rightful – and somewhat inattentive – owner, a grateful Watertown man who mistakenly left the bundle on the Belmont-bound vehicle. A female passenger gave the money to T Operator Kevin White at the Cushing Square stop who handed the cash to a supervisor at Waverley Square. According to the MBTA, the owner called Cambridge Savings Bank to say he had lost the cash, the same institution the Transit Police called due …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
T want to reunite the owner of a "large sum of cash" left on the Waverley Square trackless trolley yesterday afternoon, Monday, May 6.
Are you missing a large amount of cash? Were you riding the Route 73 trolley heading towards Belmont Monday afternoon after work when it happened? If you are the one missing the money or you know who is, the MBTA Police is looking to reunite the money with its rightful owner. The money – described as "a large sum of cash" – was in an envelope when it was discovered by a female passenger on a seat on the Route 73 trackless trolley around 4:45 p.m. as the electric bus was traveling outbound to Belmont's Waverley Square from Harvard Square in Cambridge, according to Joe Pesaturo, director of communications at the MBTA. As the trolley was entering Cushing Square, the passenger handed the envelope operator Kevin White, who has been with the T …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Should the state forge ahead with Gov. Deval Patrick's bold plan to invest now? Or should it follow the Legislature leadership's proposal to address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives?
Massachusetts legislators this week answered Gov. Deval Patrick's ambitious plan to raise $1.9 billion for transportation and education with a $500 million plan of their own, which says the governor is asking for too much, too soon as the Bay State shakes off the effects of the Great Recession. Who's right? Should the state forge ahead in a bold plan to invest now? Or should it cautiously address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives? While Patrick's plan includes funding for both the state transportation system and increased education funding from preschool through college, House and Senate lawmakers eschew new revenue for education, focusing solely on closing the transportation budget gap over the next five years. The …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Red Line routes from Alewife and Harvard Square will run limited schedules beginning today, but no bus service in Belmont. Full MBTA service will resume Monday morning.
Limited subway and bus service will resume this afternoon at 2 p.m. But if you're in Belmont, you'll need to get to the stations on your own as popular bus lines to Harvard Square and Alewife Red Line stations will not be running Sunday. The Orange and Red lines will run on limited schedules, and the Blue Line will run between Orient Heights and Government Center, according to a post on MBTA.com/weather. The Green Line will run between Kenmore Station and Lechmere Station. Limited bus service along the 1, 23, 28 and 39 lines will run as well as the Silver Line on Washington Street only. “Unless necessary, customers are encouraged to stay home and use service sparingly,’ the post says. The MBTA will restore full service across all lines …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
No bus or commuter rail service to Belmont.
The now two-day blizzard that has crushed Boston has caused the MBTA to stay shut down through Saturday, Feb. 9. “Due to the impacts of a severe winter storm, MBTA service will remain suspended on all modes Saturday, February 9, 2013,” says a post on MBTA.com The service stoppage effects the popular 73 bus line from Waverley Square to Harvard Square, the two bus routes through Belmont Center and the Fitchburg/Boston commuter rail line that stops in Waverley Square and Belmont Center. MBTA personnel will be clearing tracks in an effort to get the subways, commuter rail trains and buses back up and running. The MBTA does not have an estimate on when service will resume.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan, which outlines the state’s budgetary needs over the course of the next 10 years and beyond.
With a debt-ridden public transporation system needing repairs, the state will likely need to increase revenue from car registrations, license renewals, taxes and tolls, according to a new report. The Board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan on Monday, Jan. 14 which calls for a $13 billion overall investment in state transportations systems over the next decade. Included in the report are several ideas to pay for public transportation needs including an increase in the vehicle registration fee by $53 to $103, an increase in the vehicle inspection fee by $19 to $48, boosting the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.75 percent, increasing the gas tax by 30 cents per gallon to 51…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick plans to ask lawmakers to raises taxes to make up for the shortfall in Massachusetts' transportation system. What options should they consider — and what is off the table?
Would you be willing to pay more at the pump, have a tracking system on your car that taxes you by the mile, or see tolls on state highways? Those are just some of the possibilities looming as Massachusetts looks to erase the state's transportation system's deficit. The Boston Globe reported that Gov. Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to raise taxes in order to pay for a transportation system—from the MBTA to roads and bridges—that continues to operate in the red. The administration will present a specific proposal by Jan. 7. One option is raising the gas tax, a route Patrick sought in 2009 only to be rebuffed by the legislature. Patrick sought a 19-cent hike, while business groups endorsed a 25-cent increase. Ultimately, the state Senate …