Friday, May 17, 2013
Dedham Town Administrator Bill Keegan said he has not heard from the MBTA of such intentions but the town has been opposed to the idea in the past.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will soon be studying the possibility of placing two billboards at the Route 128 MBTA garage in Westwood near the Westwood/Dedham line. “No final plan has been developed but we do plan to offer a proposal in the near future,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “Under their contract with the MBTA, Clear Channel has the right to that location (subject to T approval of the plan). Engineering studies need to be conducted prior to a formal presentation of a proposal.” Pesaturo said he did not know when the engineering studies would take place but they "should have a better idea within a month." Dedham Town Administrator Bill Keegan said the town was not aware of any new intentions to place …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Here are some tips from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to make your Thanksgiving travel a little easier.
Will you be driving on Thanksgiving night? If so, you can snag a free cup of joe courtesy of the state. And if you're hitting the Turnpike on Wednesday afternoon, you can also get on I-90 (for one hour) without having to pay the toll. Free coffee will be served at all 18 Massachusetts Department of Tranportation (MassDOT) service plazas between 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night until 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov 23, courtesy of McDonalds, Burger King and Gulf. Meanwhile, Plymouth Rock Assurance will sponsor free tolls at the Allston-Brighton interchange on I-90 from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. Thanksgiving holiday traffic is expected to be at its peak on Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 25, according to MassDOT. To …
Tuesday, November 20, 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:
Friday, November 16, 2012
The MBTA Commuter Rail’s mobile ticketing system has been a success thus far. How else should the T use the new app?
Commuter rail riders are purchasing rail tickets in droves since the Monday launch of the MBTA’s new mobile ticketing system. As of Wednesday, the app has been downloaded 6,000 times totaling $10,000, according to a Tweet from @mbtaGM. The MBTA mTicket system, which uses the JustRide mobile ticketing platform from Masabi US Ltd., is available only on four lines: Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill and Newbury/Rockport, but will be rolled out throughout the region later this month. Expect the Route 128 Station in Westwood to accept this soon. Perhaps the subway lines or buses will be next to get mobile ticketing. If they do, how would you use the MBTA’s mobile ticketing system? Do you want it for the subway and buses? What about The Ride? Tell us …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commuter Rail customers of four lines can now use smartphones to buy train tickets.
Customers of four MBTA Commuter Rail lines can now use their smartphones to board the train. Starting today, riders of the Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill and Newbury/Rockport can use the MBTA mTicket app for iPhone and Android to purchase single or 10-ride tickets, according to an MBTA statement. The system works by displaying the tickets on the phone’s screen as a digital “flash pass” barcode, according to the statement. “Customers will now have the ability to purchase tickets without waiting in lines meaning they get more time back in their day and more control over their commuter,” said Richard A. Davey, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the statement. Customers will also benefit from not having to …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Westwood Board of Selectmen composed a list of issues and potential solutions to discuss moving forward in an effort to enhance safety for those passing under the bridge.
The East Street bridge. It's been a topic of concern among Westwood residents for some time. Many recently voiced their concerns over traveling under the bridge at a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee meeting in late June, and now the matter is on the Westwood Board of Selectmen's radar. "We began to notice and hear about a lot of issues relating to the East Street bridge," Westwood Town Administrator Mike Jaillet told Westwood Patch on Wednesday. "We had started talking about it internally among the staff." Those discussions began shortly after an MBTA became stuck under the bridge in May, an incident that resulted in many area residents being evacuated due to the leak of natural gas tanks that were attached to the bus's roof. "We …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Get your July 4th trash and recycling schedule, learn about the MBTA's modified Commuter Rail surcharge policy and see what residents hope to see happen with the East Street Bridge.
Today's Weather: There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. today, with partly sunny skies and a high near 86, according to the National Weather Service. 1. Westwood's trash and recycling for the Fourth of July week will be on a regular schedule for today, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3. Trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week due to Independence Day on Wednesday. 2. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has modified its Commuter Rail surcharge policy, which is to start on Sunday, July 1. (Full details on the MBTA fare hikes can be found here.) 3. A group of residents from the East Street area sat down with Westwood's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee last week to …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Riders of the Route 34E bus will now pay a bit more when boarding the MBTA line.
A reminder to Westwood residents who utilize The Ride and the Commuter Rail that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's fare changes go into effect today, July 1. T riders will now need to pay more to board trains and buses. Westwood lies along the bus line for Route 34E. Meanwhile, riders of the Commuter Rail won't all face a $3 surcharge when buying tickets aboard trains, as the MBTA has modified that policy, which is to start today as well. The surcharge will apply only on inbound fares from stations selling tickets, and on outbound fares "from South Station, Back Bay or North Station or Zone 1A stations with ticket sales," According to MBTA Legislative Director Jefferson Smith. (Full details on the MBTA fare hikes can be …
Friday, June 29, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting this weekend.
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: There are other fare changes to things line Communter Rail tickets and THE RIDE. For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system beginning Sunday, visit here.
Adding a new traffic light or more noticeable signage were among the solutions discussed Thursday to help alleviate constant accidents in the area.
Nearly two months after an MBTA bus crashed into the East Street Bridge, causing area residents to evacuate due to a natural gas leak, the long-standing issue of safety on the road was brought to the forefront by residents and the Westwood's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee Thursday night. Ten residents from the East Street area attended the meeting, all of whom voiced sincere concerns over the safety on East Street, and that of pedestrians in the area near the bridge that has historically been a common site for accidents. "I almost lost my family to this stupid bridge," said Jay Knox, who lives in the vicinity. "There are signs everywhere, but that's the thing that's so frustrating. It'd be great if there were something more …