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  • Klemens Myer writes: I submitted the following complaint to the MBTA this afternoon. I have redacted his name from this posting. I received the following email last night from one of my patients, a man in his 70s who travels to Dialysis Clinic Inc./Boston, 35 Kneeland Street at Tufts Medical Center, for hemodialysis treatments every […]
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  • I've had to change my approach to achieving transparency at the MBTA's pension fund. It's been a long struggle, but I think we now have an approach that is going to work.
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  • Good news for long term transportation efforts today, June 26th: the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted to endorse the Central Transportation Planning Staff FFY 15 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP.)  Included in the FFY 15 UPWP is a study to assess current and future constraints of our transportation system in the urban core. […]
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  • The MBTA gave a great presentation on the Green Line this evening (May 28) at the Boston Public Library. Dr. Beverly Scott, the General Manager, and her top management team reported considerable progress since the previous forum held in January 2013 and since the previous letter report in July 2013. As to short and medium term […]
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  • The MBTA recently released the 2014 Blue Book – a compendium of statistics, facts and figures about MBTA service systemwide. In light of recent conversations about bus capacity in Watertown, I decided to take a closer look at the statistics in the new Blue Book for routes serving Watertown: Watertown is currently served by 10 […]
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  • I had a fascinating visit a couple of weeks ago to the Green Line Maintenance Yard in Newton. They roll cars in on a track extension and inspect them and perform routine maintenance from an underground trench. If the cars need heavier maintenance, they can roll them onto a special track and lift up the […]
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  • This year’s Green Line Forum, will be held Wednesday, May 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Copley Library. Dr. Scott and MBTA personnel will discuss the progress that has been made towards addressing concerns raised during last year’s event and update riders on new initiatives. Attendees will be able to ask questions […]
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  • Last month I posted a table of bus performance statistics for routes in Senator Brownsberger’s district.  An sharp eyed constituent noticed that the 70/70a lagged behind its counterparts in on-time performance.  I assumed that the extraordinary length (10 miles for the 70 and over 13 miles for the 70a) of the routes, negatively impacted its […]
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  • Platform Change As of Monday, April 28 the departure platform for MBTA buses #73 and #71 going to Belmont and Watertown during Monday through Saturday will now be on the lower busway of Harvard Station. Departure on Sundays and holidays will be on the upper busway. This change should help improve service times and is […]
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  • Today, I attended a briefing on the MBTA’s proposed fare increase with Transportation Secretary Rich Davey and MBTA Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Davis.  The MBTA is considering increasing fares in response to last year’s transportation fiance overhaul that directs the MBTA to generate an increasing share of its own revenue.  As part of last year’s […]
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  • From the Belmont Town Engineer, Glenn Clancy, in response to the question of where to get on the bus during the next couple of months of construction in Waverley Square. Church Street will be temporarily a one way from Trapelo Road to Lexington Street. Buses will enter Church from Trapelo Road, pull down Church Street […]
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  • All of the above data was culled from the MBTA’s Route Performance Indicators.  You can view see a set of statistics for all bus routes here.  The ridership counts are estimates based on a survey conducted in the fall of 2010 using Automated Passenger Counters and manual counts, not fare box information. Terminology: Route Type […]
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