MBTA engineers have developed a transformational vision for the Green Line. Even more exciting, they have set in motion a convincing program for attaining that vision.
The MBTA has working for several years on “transit signal priority”, which utilizes GPS technology to help buses and surface light rail improve reliability and reduce delays. Now that the system is being tested, I’m hopeful that its rollout can include crowded bus routes in my district, particularly the 71 (Watertown) and 73 (Waverley) buses.
I recently had the chance to sit down and catch up with MBTA managers working on Green Line improvements.
Improving the Green Line has been a key priority of mine for years and I am pleased by what I am hearing.
Will, I met you about two years ago at the Faneuil library in Brighton with my friend Frank who lives in Belmont. While his concerns were mainly fraud in municipal bonds, mine were transit. Here is a site you may want to check for transit based information: http://www.nmrails.org/ Thanks, Bill Aldrich
Two recent presentations by the MBTA show good progress towards future improvements: Red Line Capacity Constraints A recent comprehensive study of the Red Line indicated that a new vehicles, signal upgrades and operations improvements could result in major service improvements and an increase in system throughput, effectively increasing capacity. Automated Fare Collection 2.0 AFC 2.0 will be a completely […]
At our recent forum about the Green Line’s future, MBTA General Manager Frank DePoala offered hope for continuous improvement of reliability and modest resulting capacity increases, but no hope for big capacity increases within the visible planning horizon. The dose of reality he offered about the long term will require some time to digest.