Thursday, May 16, 2013
The explosive-sniffing dogs recently began service with the MBTA by way of the Middle East.
Three bomb-sniffing dogs were led into service along the MBTA this week. The Metro’s Boston edition reported Monday the three dogs – Moxie, Shifty and Wire – completed tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, completing weeks of training to get them used to working around civilians.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The train will make one stop in Framingham on the way.
The MBTA is launching an express train connecting Worcester and Boston today, according to New England Cable News. The commuter rail trip will leave Worcester at 6:20 a.m. and stop just once, in Framingham at 7 a.m., before arriving at South Station just after 7:45 a.m. This new service will cut approximately 20 minutes from the usual trip, train officials told NECN. The new express train will leave South Station and head to Worcester at 5:35 p.m. The cost for a round-trip ticket is $20.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
And six other items from Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.
Officials are discussing a plan with the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to operate a shuttle bus from the the town’s Pearl St. parking garage to the MBTA commuter rail station. “The hope is that this service together with the fact that we have opened the garage up for free commuter parking will increase its use,” Town Manager Robert Halpin said. That in turn will make the parking lot safer for all, he added. Halpin said he and other officials met with MWRTA Director Ed Carr to discuss the proposal, which would utilize the so-called Banana Lot at the intersection of Pearl and Park streets for access to the train station. Permission to make changes to that property will be required from the MBTA and from a property owner, who Halpin …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The MBTA launched a wireless internet program at some locations and on certain cars in 2008. The transit system is now looking for a sponsor to upgrade the product at no cost to the T.
The MBTA wants to upgrade its wireless Internet service, but without spending precious tax dollars. The Masssachusetts transit system is seeking sponsorship proposals to provide upgraded wi-fi service on commuter rail cars, ferries and select commuter rail stations, according to an MBTA press statement in early March. “The MBTA’s goal is to upgrade the current WIFI service to a system wide, state of the art standard, at no cost to the MBTA and its riders,” the statement says. The sponsorship opportunity would provide the sponsor with marketing rights such as “signage and advertising in commuter rail stations, cars and ferry facilities; corporate presence on MBTA commuter rail system maps and schedules; control of a WIFI landing page; links…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Ridership aboard the MBTA went up by 2.3 percent system-wide in 2012, despite a mid-year fare hike.
Ridership was up on the MBTA in 2012. According to figures released by MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott on Thursday, 400 million riders took trips on the MBTA in 2012, which is good for a 2.3 percent increase over ridership in 2011. Analysts projected ridership would decrease by 5.5 percent once the June increase took effect, but just the opposite occurred, according to a statement from Scott which accompanied the figures. Also, this was the first time that average daily ridership was above 1.3 million for an entire calendar year, Scott said. Overall MBTA ridership, which includes the subways, commuter rails, buses, private buses and the RIDE service, as increased each year since 2009, according to the figures. Framingham is a major stop…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A new device will be distributed to conductors on MBTA conductors that will give them real-time information about trains all across the rail system.
A new pilot program being dubbed “Conductor Companion” is being unveiled on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s commuter rail system, putting complete details about train services across the system in the hands of conductors. The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), the contractor that runs the commuter railroad for the MBTA, made the announcement on Monday. Framingham is a major stop on the line that runs between Boston and Worcester. Essentially it is a unique mobile application that will allow conductors on the MBTA commuter rail system to receive real-time information about service for the first time. “The speed of technology today demands an application that gives conductors the information they need and that …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan, which outlines the state’s budgetary needs over the course of the next 10 years and beyond.
With infrastructure in need of repairs and the major city transit system steeped in billions of dollars of debt, the state may need to increase revenue from car registrations, licence renewals, taxes and tolls. The Board of the MassDOT released its 21st Century Transportation Plan Monday, which calls for a $13 billion overall investment in state transportations systems over the next decade. The breakdown is as follows, according to a statement associated with the plan released by Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey: To raise the necessary funds these recommendations will include an increase in the gas tax, payroll tax, sales tax or income tax; a new green fee on vehicle registrations; a vehicle miles traveled tax; regular and…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The delays are due to a downed wire on the Amtrak line.
After facing delays and cancellations earlier today, passengers on south side commuter rail lines are likely to experience more delays during the afternoon commute. Commuters traveling on commuter rail lines out of South Station, which includes the Framingham/Worcester line, should anticipate 15- to 30-minute delays during tonight's peak hour service, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). The Framingham/Worcester line has a stop in downtown Framingham. The delays are due to an "Amtrak infrastructure issue" that occurred earlier this morning, the press release said. Around 5:10 a.m., the Amtrak rail line experienced a downed wire in the Forest Hills area, affecting …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
According to figures released Wednesday, MBTA ridership increased for the 20th time in 22 months, with specific increases on subway lines.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
People continue to use the MBTA despite mid-year fare hikes. According to figures released by Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, monthly ridership increased for the 20th time in the last 22 months in November. Daily ridership for November increased by 1.3 percent over November 2011, and averaged 1.329 million passenger trips per weekday, according to an accompanying MBTA statement Wednesday. The increase “continued the MBTA’s trend of modest ridership growth despite the fare increase implemented in July,” Scott said in the statement. There was marked growth on the Red, Orange and Blue subway lines, which grew 5.6 percent in November. Originally, MBTA officials projected subway ridership to drop of 5.3 percent, the statement said. …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) has added six new train times to the Framingham/Worcester weekday commuter rail schedule; they are scheduled to begin today, Oct. 29.
Monday, October 29, 2012
As a result of the recent agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and CSX, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) has added six new train times to the Framingham/Worcester weekday commuter rail schedule. Three new outbound trains will be added as well as three new inbound trains. The new schedule goes into effect today, Oct. 29. To view the updated schedule, click the .pdf to the right. The new train times were only added to the regular, weekday schedule; there will be no changes to the current weekend service. In addition to the six new trains this month, there will also be one inbound special express and one outbound special express added next spring. The goal of 20 roundtrips will be hit a year from now, according to …