Self Driving Cars and the Future of the T

In a comment on one of the many transportation-related posts that have circulated Village 14 this week, Councilor Jim Cote suggested that we post the article from the Boston Globe Magazine which takes the stance that self-driving cars will make the T obsolete. Titled...
Should Newton consider bus only lanes and traffic lights?

Should Newton consider bus only lanes and traffic lights?

Four communities have just received a grant to “test ideas like bus-only lanes and traffic signals that give buses priority at busy intersections,” the Globe reports today.

According to the foundation, Arlington will use the money for its one-month test to improve service on Massachusetts Avenue during the morning rush, which could include a bus-only lane. Cambridge and Watertown are planning to create all-day bus lanes on parts of Mount Auburn Street. And Everett, which already sacrificed a lane of parking for bus-only traffic in 2016, plans to make two stops on that route easier to access for wheelchairs and strollers.

 

All four communities also plan to test “transit signal prioritization” on these routes, technology that lengthens green lights and shortens red lights depending on how near or far a bus is from an intersection.

Is this an idea that should be tested in Newton and, if so, where would you suggest putting these bus only accommodations?

MBTA to Perform (more) Tree Work Along Green Line

Portions of the Riverside line are shutting down for THREE consecutive weekends for maintenance. One wonders how many more trees there are to prune. H/T to Srdj Nedeljkovic for pointing this out. BOSTON- The MBTA has retained the services of North Eastern Tree...
Transportation Talk Postponed

Transportation Talk Postponed

The City and the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber had a talk scheduled for Friday morning (tomorrow) about the city’s transportation plan. Unfortunately, it’s now postponed due to illness, so if you planned to attend please…um… don’t.  The...

Would overnight bus service be helpful to you? 

The MBTA is considering offering overnight bus service.  A survey is being conducted to help the MBTA understand the transportation needs of people who need to  travel between the hours of 12 AM and 5 AM.  There are two surveys, once for employees or residents and one...

MBTA to perform tree removal work along Riverside Line

This press release is from the MBTA BOSTON – The MBTA has retained the services of Northern Tree Service, Inc. to help remove multiple trees adjacent to the Green Line identified as posing a threat due to dead or rotting branches or branches that may be susceptible...

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