Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council Transportation Forum was held at Braintree Town Hall Wednesday morning.
An easel stood at the front of the Braintree Town Hall auditorium Wednesday morning, scrawled with signatures and notes from the attendees of a regional transportation forum. The signatures symbolized agreement with a few basic ideas about the state of transportation on the South Shore and throughout Massachusetts: a strong system is vital to communities, but funding is inadequate and infrastructure is crumbling. One of the major barriers to the kind of investment that will improve the state's roads, rails, sidewalks, buses and traffic lights is the public's "high level of distrust" of how government uses its money, said John Stobierski, Vice President of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. "It's pretty simple," Stobierski said. "You need…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Taking the T for the Thanksgiving holiday? Make sure you check the schedule below.
Information provided by the MBTA. Check the MBTA website for details on different schedules and lines. Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Check with each RIDE contractor for details on Thanksgiving service:
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
More real estate facts from Braintree Patch and Patriot Properties.
It is one of the most popular destinations in Braintree. No, not the South Shore Plaza, Thayer Public Library or one of the town's locally-owned restaurants. The MBTA garage at Union and Pearl streets, of course. With 1,322 parking spaces and no vacancies by 7 a.m. most weekdays, the garage can be harder to get into than a night club, and may be just as valuable. A 2012 assessment put the property's worth at more than $22 million, according to records kept by Patriot Properties, which stores data from the Board of Assessors on all real estate in Braintree, along with a number of other towns. The 6.5-acre site is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which also owns a number of other properties around Braintree, including…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is expected to do its worst damage Monday into Tuesday.
UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: The MBTA announced tonight that service will remain suspended through Monday night but should resume on Tuesday, depending on conditions. "MBTA crews are currently working to clear downed trees, power lines, and storm-related debris throughout the system. "The MBTA is cautiously optimistic that regularly scheduled subway, bus, commuter boat, and RIDE service will resume at the start of service Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Regularly scheduled commuter rail service will resume on all lines except for the Providence Line where Amtrak continues to address overhead wire problems. Providence/Stoughton line customers should check MBTA.com and T-Alerts for updated service information." ***** ***** ***** UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The station is now open after officials deemed the suspicious package to be exercise equipment.
Monday, October 22, 2012
UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: The Braintree garage is now re-opened, according to an agency spokesman. WCVB reports that the suspicious package was actually a piece of exercise equipment sticking out from a vehicle. ***** ***** ***** The MBTA parking garage in Braintree has been shutdown this afternoon because of a suspicious package, according to WCVB. A robot was sent in at about 2 p.m. to investigate, the Department of Transportation told Channel 5. Vehicle owners have been unable to retrieve their vehicles as well. Look for more information on this as it becomes available.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting today.
July, and the MBTA's fare increases, are almost here. Beginning Sunday, T riders will need to pay more to board trains and buses. Here's a look at the new costs: For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system beginning Sunday, visit here.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Senate had previously adopted, and Sen. Keenan strongly supported, legislation prohibiting future rail expansion projects – except those legally mandated – until the MBTA had identified how the projects would be funded without impacting current servic
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The following is from the Office of Sen. John Keenan, D-Quincy: The Senate has approved an emergency funding package that will help the MBTA close a multi-million dollar budget shortfall, Sen. John F. Keenan said. The legislation transfers $49 million in vehicle inspection fees to the MBTA, which has already adopted a $100 million budget-balancing plan that includes significant fare hikes and service cuts. The bill also provides $2 million in inspection fees and $1.5 million in unspent snow and ice removal funds to the state’s various regional transit authorities to pay for preventative maintenance-related expenses. The legislation also increases fines for fare evasion, and requires the MBTA t oissue a report on the cost of restoring …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
James Clark is a transit officer from Braintree who was patrolling the Quincy Adams MBTA station last week when the incident happened.
A transit officer from Braintree and a Quincy police sergeant grabbed a 20-year-old Quincy man on Saturday who was poised to go over the edge of an MBTA station parking garage because "his life and family was in shambles." Officer James Clark of Braintree was patrolling the Quincy Adams facility on May 26 when he came across the Quincy man "crying and sobbing loudly while running across the roof level towards the railing that overhang the garage," according to a police report provided by the MBTA. Clark, in his report, said that he drove quickly over to the man and yelled at him, "Please don't go over let me talk to you for one minute, just give me one minute of your time." The two men then talked for a few minutes while Quincy police and …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
The MBTA is looking far and wide for a company to run its commuter rail service.
Before the T shells out billions on a new long-term, commuter-rail-service contract, it’s first spending nearly $3 million on an international search to attract the best applicants, according to the Boston Herald. The T is looking for a company to run its commuter-rail-service operations over the next five to possibly 30 years, as its current, roughly $250 million-per-year contract with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) expires June 2013. MBCR plans to bid aggressively for the new deal, according to the Huffington Post. The company, which has been in place since 2003, has received some criticism during its tenure, primarily for weather-related delays. However, MBCR officials defended their record in January. Half of the …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
MBTA Board members on Wednesday approved a plan that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25.
The MBTA Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to approve a package of fare hikes and service cuts to close a $160 million deficit. The plan, which takes effect July 1, boosts fares 23 percent and cuts back some services, including the elimination of weekend trains on the Greenbush Line that runs through Braintree. The plan that was approved was the third budget proposal after the MBTA floated two previous ideas that would have made more drastic cuts. Those plans were presented in dozens of public hearings across the state where they faced strong opposition from the public. Meanwhile, several groups continued to protest this latest budget plan, including an overnight vigil that was held at the Statehouse Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Mayor Joseph…