Thursday, December 20, 2012
The MBTA’s new general manager greeted T riders Monday morning and announced new countdown clocks at stations around the area.
Several T stations got new countdown clocks on the same day the MBTA announced its new general manager. MBTA General Manager and Rail & Transit Administrator for MassDOT Beverly Scott greeted riders on the Blue Line platform at State Station and on the Orange Line to Chinatown Station Monday morning, while the T put online countdown clocks at 24 stations, according to an MBTA press statement. There are now 190 clocks at 30 MBTA stations, with a majority of them servicing the Red, Orange and Blue lines, according to the statement. The clocks inform customers how long it will be before the next train arrives at a given stop. Clocks are currently on the at the Community College and Sullivan Square stations. They're tentatively scheduled to be…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Expect mostly rain in the city and snow outside of 495.
A nor'easter will kick up winds and rain in the region Wednesday, with sleet and snow likely west of Boston and in the higher elevations. According to WHDH meteorologist Chris Lambert, the precipitation should start between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., which would impact the afternoon commute. Atmospheric conditions may convert falling rain into snow in Boston, though that would mean merely a dusting on grass before quickly melting away. The actual rain/snow line is harder to predict. "I don't expect much, if any accumulation in the Boston area, maybe a slushy coating around Rte. 128 on grassy surfaces as rain and snow battle it out for a few hours in the early evening," wrote Lambert on the 7 Weather Blog. "The snow will lose that battle to rain, …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Find out what locations in Melrose our readers identified as having stop signs that get regularly ignored by drivers.
We asked you, our readers, to identify the most ignored stop sign in Melrose and you've responded. The most ignored area is Clifford and Nelson Streets. Of the nearly four dozen responses, the stop sign at Clifford and Nelson Streets received several votes from readers. Kristen Cantin seemed to sum up the feelings of fellow readers, writing: "I live at on the corner of CIifford and Nelson. That intersection there is horrible! I can't even begin to tell you how many cars don't stop. Nelson is a big cut-through to Howard and the Fells to Lincoln. There are so many children that live in the neighborhood and who walk to Horace Mann! It is very dangerous!" Some of the other ignored stop signs in Melrose identified by our readers include ones at…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Ask 10 different people and you might get 10 different answers as to why gas prices have spiked sharply in September.
The facts are indisputable. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Massachusetts is presently $3.88. That's a whopping 16 cents higher than it was just one month ago. The price has actually soared to over $4 a gallon at some Middlesex County self-serve stations. For a list of the gas stations in Tewksbury selling the least expensive fuel, click here for our Commute Page. Ask 10 different people to explain the cause of the off-season spike and you might get 10 different answers. Some have blamed OPEC, while others have blamed big oil companies. A recent rash of severe weather has been seen as a cause by some people, as have the energy polices and proposals of one political party or another. Still other people have blamed…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Stop signs are not a suggestion, but they're sometimes treated as if they are.
There are hundreds of stop signs in Melrose, but many drivers tend to treat them more like yield signs or, even worse, like they don't even see them. With so many drivers rolling through stop signs, we want to know: Where are Melrose's most ignored stop signs? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Check out the Five Things column for Aug. 28.
1. Back to school: Tuesday marks the first day of the 2012-2013 school year for students of Melrose Public Schools. 2. Send us your photos! Do you have some great shots of the kids readying for their first day of school in Melrose? Upload them to our community photo gallery. 3. Get socialized: Check out the Melrose Patch Facebook and Twitter pages for additional content not featured on the website. 4. Get help: Looking for gas prices and traffic updates before leaving Melrose for work? Why not check out our Commute section. 5. Ah, memories: Calling all former (and current) Melrose students: Do you recall your first day of school memories? Let us know by posting a comment here.
Monday, July 16, 2012
With gasoline spilled across Route 128, Tuesday morning's commute could be affected as clean-up continued on Monday night.
A tanker truck rollover on Route 128 Monday night could affect Tuesday morning's commute, including the MBTA commuter rail line serving Melrose. Route 128 South was initially closed at 10 p.m. after a tanker truck rolled over at Exit 36 near the Route 93 cloverleaf and the Woburn Mall, unleashing a river of gasoline, as reported by Woburn Patch. The Reading to Boston commuter rail line will be closed during the fuel spill cleanup, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) said via Twitter. MBTA riders should check alerts on the MBTA's website and the MBTA's official Twitter feed for the latest updates. MassDOT also reported that all Route 128 traffic is being diverted. Northbound traffic is being detoured on Route 38 (Main …