Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The bus replacement service between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove allows the MBTA to build the new Orange Line station at Assembly Square.
Beginning July 8, and going until Dec. 28, buses will replace evening Orange Line trains between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square every Sunday through Thursday, according to the MBTA. On the effected nights, bus replacement service will begin at 9 p.m. and run until the T closes. The bus replacements will allow the MBTA to shut down Orange Line tracks in order to build the new Orange Line station in Assembly Square. This change in service is part of a wider series of bus diversions that will take place until 2014.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Group holds People's Assembly inside State House.
The sound of “No” echoed through the halls of the State House Wednesday as more than 100 protestors affiliated with Occupy Boston gathered at the base of the Grand Staircase to protest the MBTA’s budget plan. The MBTA Board voted 4-1 today to approve the plan, which boosts fares by 23 percent, but spares Melrose's MBTA service from any cuts. The group, which began its rally outside on Beacon Street, declared public transportation a civil right and said that protests at recent MBTA hearings had gone unheard. “[So,] we are creating our own hearing, and we’re having it inside the State House,” said Katie Gradowski. She and Noah McKenna led the rally from the front steps, joined by a giant-sized puppet of “Charlie” bearing a “99%” button. …
The MBTA faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year which begins July 1.
After all of the talk, public hearings, and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $161 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that will raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. Single-ride commuter rail fares for Melrose's three stops, all in Zone 1, will rise from $4.25 to $5.50. The cost of a monthly Zone 1 pass will increase from $135 to $173. Meanwhile, some cuts in service—mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and the commuter rail—were also approved. The five bus routes with stops in Melrose would all …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council created an online calculator that allows residents to choose how to close the T's $161 million budget gap.
There's been an outcry over proposed MBTA fee hikes and services cuts that the agency says are necessary to close a $161 million budget gap next year. So what would you do? The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) created an online 'Fix the T' calculator at fixthet.mapc.org that allows residents to choose how they would make up the MBTA's current shortfall. Included are fare hikes and service cuts initially proposed by the MBTA; options presented by the MBTA Advisory Board; and others. According to a release from the MAPC, the MBTA is preparing to adopt a budget by April 15. "MAPC created this budget calculator to collect these ideas in one place and give people an opportunity to come up with their own plan," the release said. Even …