Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Marblehead board members are worried that MBTA cuts could include the 441 route, which also serves Swampscott.
A bus line that serves Swampscott and Marblehead could be on the chopping block. That line is the 441, which makes stops on Paradise Road including Vinnin Square. The 441 was proposed for elimination in 2012 but, in the end, preserved by the MBTA. The Board of Selectmen in Marblehead recently asked legislators to oppose proposed cuts in service. After an update from John Heffernan, Marblehead's liaison with MBTA, the Selectmen agreed that the town should oppose the proposed cuts in service because Marblehead's Route 441 to Wonderland Station has a low ridership and would probably be a candidate for discontinuation. The Selectmen instructed Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren to draft a letter to state Sen. Tom McGee, D-Lynn, and state Rep. …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Regularly scheduled service should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
Updated 10:48 a.m. Looking to take the Green Line or commuter rail? Well, depending on where you are, you may want to keep shoveling out that car (or call a cab). Starting at 2 p.m., limited subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange and Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and the Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. The MBTA weather update says regularly scheduled MBTA service will resume Monday morning. “Customers should …
Monday, December 31, 2012
The subway lines will run a modified schedule on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The MBTA has announced its New Year's Eve schedule. The free ride is especially useful if you want to head to Boston for First Night. Some highlights include:
Friday, October 19, 2012
The incident occurred just after 10 p.m. Thursday.
A man was kiled Thursday evening after MBTA police reported he was struck by a train near Ocean Ave and Broadway. Passengers were tweeting about the incident and evacuated from the track. On its blog, the MBTA police indicated the victim was pronounced dead at Salem Hospital and alcohol is being looked at as a possible factor.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Salem Fire Department walks tracks and assists passengers off train.
A man was reportedly hit and killed by a train on the tracks behind the Salem Police Station in the Mill Hill area Sunday morning, according to scanner reports. The victim was a 28-year-old man from Lynn,Boston.com reported Sunday afternoon. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of family Shortly after 9:30 p.m. the Salem Police confirmed the collision was fatal. The accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. Passenger Marsha Finkelstein said the accident was "shortly after it [the train] putlled out of the Salem Depot...The train stopped on the other side of the tunnel." On its Facebook Page, The Salem Fire Department reported firefighters were walking the tracks and assisting passengers off the train using a gate on …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Mary O'Keefe worries about fare increases and service cuts the MBTA is slated to impose. She uses public transportation four to six times a month for doctors' appointments.
It's Tuesday in the middle of the afternoon and Mary O'Keefe is at the Paradise Road bus stop in front of Gourmet Gardens waiting for the 441 to take her home. She's homeward bound from a doctor's appointment across the street at North Shore Physicians Group. She uses public transportation four to six times a month to get to her medical appointments. She says it worries her to think that fares for The Ride will rise so steeply and that service is to be cut on public transportation. She knows about the proposals the debt-ridden MBTA has put forth in response to its $159 million budget gap. She usually goes home to Lynn on The Ride, an MBTA service that transports people by car. But this month she did not have enough money for it so she …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Large fare increases for public transportation still appear to be heading down the track.
The MBTA appears to be backing away from major cuts to public transportation after widespread condemnation from those who depend on the service. Those who use rail, bus and subway service should prepare to dig far deeper into their pockets to pay fare increases, but major service cuts are less likely, Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey told the Boston Globe http://bo.st/wmRkgL. The agency is seeking revenue from other sources to avoid drastic service reductions, the newspaper reported. Earlier this month in the auditorium at Lynn City Hall, more than 100 speakers told 'T' officials that MBTA service cuts and fare hikes would deliver a body blow to people across the board: the elderly, working poor, wheelchair bound, Boston …
Friday, February 17, 2012
The MBTA is proposing three scenarios that would result in higher fare prices and/or reduced service.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's recently-proposed cuts to service and increase in fare prices have created a bit of stir in the last few weeks. Due to the its $161 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2013, the MBTA has proposed two scenarios to help deal with the debt, both of which include elimination of several bus routes, all ferries, and commuter rail service after 10 p.m. and on weekends. The first scenario would comprise an increase in fares by 43 percent, while the second would include an increase in fares by 35 percent, but with drastic cuts to bus service. But the MBTA is now weighing a third option that would involve no service cuts, and fare increase would be less than with the MBTA's two current proposals…
Friday, February 10, 2012
The first in a series of bus stop minutes, explaining who the riders are and what their thoughts are about possible MBTA reductions in bus service.
Alysha Monfette has her two children, Lily, 8, and Lucas, 4, in tow under a bright sun at the corner of New Ocean and Burrill, the bus stop for the 448. The Swampscott mom rides the bus daily to the Lynn YMCA where she works and Lucas attends preschool. She knows cuts in bus service may be coming and it worries her. It's 3 pm Thursday and in another minute the bus will brake to the curb with a deep exhale and she and the children will climb aboard. She readies her children and their fares. She has her daughter's coat folded under an arm and pulls down her son's funky hat spiked with a garden of dinosaur horns. "It would be a huge thing for us — especially in the winter when it is cold," she says. Here comes the bus, she announces. "I've…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
More than 100 speakers told MBTA officials on Tuesday that plans to hike fares and eliminate buses and trains will hurt people at every stop on the economic line.
Proposed MBTA service cuts and fare hikes deliver a body blow to people across the board: the elderly, working poor, wheelchair bound, Boston bound and business people, alike. That was the plea to 'T' officials Tuesday in the auditorium at Lynn City Hall. Almost 300 people, many of them bundled in winter jackets and topped with winter hats, stood at the edges and sat hunkered in their seats — but erupted when speakers struck a chord. Citizens and elected officials alike took to the microphone and hammered away at familiar refrains. Among them: eliminating bus routes to Swampscott, Marblehead and Nahant will leave citizens without transportation to doctors' offices and hospitals; to cultural activities; and to work. Lloyd Caswell, 67, a …