Saturday, April 6, 2013
Should the state forge ahead with Gov. Deval Patrick's bold plan to invest now? Or should it follow the Legislature leadership's proposal to address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives?
Massachusetts legislators this week answered Gov. Deval Patrick's ambitious plan to raise $1.9 billion for transportation and education with a $500 million plan of their own, which says the governor is asking for too much, too soon as the Bay State shakes off the effects of the Great Recession. Who's right? Should the state forge ahead in a bold plan to invest now? Or should it cautiously address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives? While Patrick's plan includes funding for both the state transportation system and increased education funding from preschool through college, House and Senate lawmakers eschew new revenue for education, focusing solely on closing the transportation budget gap over the next five years. The …
Friday, March 22, 2013
See what's moving in.
By now you probably know, something's going on at the Arlington Heights Busway across from Panera. Four new windows, a door and another window-sized rectangle have been cut into the depot’s Mass. Ave.-facing mural, “Celebrating Arlington’s Past and Present.” Paul Revere? Gone. Uncle Sam? Gone. The “Entering Arlington” sign? Gone too, as are a number of Minutemen. But what exactly is up? What’s moving in? “The Right Spot Convenience Store,” a store sponsored by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Small Business Enterprise Program and the MBTA, according to a sign in one of the building’s newly constructed windows. The store won’t be any regular ol’ convenience store, it will be “a retail store especially designed to be managed by …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The alleged incident took place in East Arlington.
An Arlington woman allegedly pulled out a small pocket knife on an MBTA bus in East Arlington last Friday afternoon and used it to intimidate her fellow passengers, including middle school students. The passengers told police that the woman, who police identified as 54-year-old Deborah Canejo, pointed the knife at them and glared at them. One witness said Canejo told an individual to “get off the bus” and then said something to the effect of “go back to where you belong.” Canejo was arrested shortly after the incident at about 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. After receiving a call, police stopped the bus, which was heading toward Cambridge, near Mass. Ave.’s intersection with Egerton Road. After …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Some offer complaints, kudos and ideas.
Remember the hue and cry early this year when the T proposed to cut road and rail service or raise rates for riders? Fares went up. So did ridership, across public transportation modes, according to Jonathan Davis, acting general manager and rail and transit administrator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which is part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). What do residents of the Commonwealth want in their public transportation system statewide? MassDOT, which oversees public transportation on roads, rails and tarmacs here, held a meeting at the McGlynn Middle School Tuesday night, part of a series of “conversations” statewide, to hear ideas about the transportation system people want and what the …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick plans to ask lawmakers to raises taxes to make up for the shortfall in Massachusetts' transportation system. What options should they consider and what's off the table?
Would you be willing to pay more at the pump, have a tracking system on your car that taxes you by the mile, or see tolls on state highways? Those are just some of the possibilities looming as Massachusetts looks to erase the state's transportation system's deficit. The Boston Globe reported that Gov. Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to raise taxes in order to pay for a transportation system—from the MBTA to roads and bridges—that continues to operate in the red. The administration will present a specific proposal by Jan. 7. One option is raising the gas tax, a route Patrick sought in 2009 only to be rebuffed by the legislature. Patrick sought a 19 cent increase while business groups endorsed a 25 cent increase. Ultimately, the state …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Buses will replace trains between Harvard Square and Alewife stations.
The Red Line between Harvard Square and Alewife stations will be shut down on Saturdays and Sundays for four straight weekends, starting on Nov. 17, according to the MBTA's website. The last weekend of the closure will be Dec. 8 and 9. During those weekends, bus service will replace trains between Harvard and Alewife. The MBTA says the closures are taking place so the transportation authority can work on the Floating Slab Project. The Tufts Daily reports that floating concrete slabs rest on rubber disks and are designed to minimize vibrations and wear and tear in the tunnel. This same section of Red Line experienced four months of weekend closures in late 2011 and early 2012 so the MBTA could begin substantial repair work in the tunnel, …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday night that the MBTA will resume service on Tuesday and state offices will open at 10 a.m.
State offices will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick said in a Monday evening update on Hurricane Sandy from the bunker at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Framingham. On his Twitter account, Patrick said that all RMV Class D drivers' tests on Tuesday had been cancelled. Patrick also said non-essential state employees should show up for work at 10 a.m. and he is leaving it up to individual school districts to determine whether they will be open on Tuesday. On Sunday night, Patrick urged all school districts to close on Monday. The worst of the storm is expected to last through 11 p.m. and there is a high tide at about midnight. The MBTA said in an alert issue at about 9 p.m. on Monday that it will …
Plan your trip home accordingly.
If you braved the elements and took the T to work this morning, pack up your stuff now: The MBTA will shut down service at 2 p.m. due to severe weather brought by Hurricane Sandy. According to the T website, the service suspension includes subway, bus and commuter rail service. Ferry service had already been suspended earlier in the day. The Ride remains open but users are "strongly encouraged" to call the contractor for their area to see if service is available.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Part of a series of weekly questions to the candidates for the 24th Middlesex District race.
Each week for the remainder of the campaign, Arlington Patch will be providing a "Question of the Week" to the candidates for the House of Representative's 24th Middlesex District – Jim Gammill, Tomi Olson and Dave Rogers – that will run on Thursday mornings. Below is the question and the candidates' answers. Question The MBTA's Interim General Manager Jonathan Davis said while the authority will attempt to keep the level of service at current levels, he made it clear that revenue from all sources – riders and the legislature – must be increased for this this to happen. As the state representative from three communities that rely on mass transportation, would you be willing to ask 24th Middlesex District taxpayers to pay more through a tax…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The local man was arrested by Transit Police shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A 33-year-old Arlington man was arrested shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday by Transit Police in Boston after he allegedly kicked and punched the doors of Park Street Station, causing a window pane to break. Thomas Moore was charged with malicious destruction of property. He was expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday. An MBTA employee allegedly saw Moore damage the above ground portion of the station. The employee then flagged down a nearby officer on Tremont Street, according to police. Officers soon located Moore in the back of a cab, police said. Moore allegedly told police that he was “sorry” but didn’t explain what he was apologizing for. The window pane will cost between $500 and $1,000 to replace, police said.