Wednesday, April 17, 2013
With a Commuter Rail stop in Mansfield, many local residents will see the increase in security at train stations in Boston.
The sight of armed military personnel in a train station is not a common sight around Boston. On a Tuesday morning that was anything but normal, commuters saw the enhanced security personnel that was set up at train and subway stations across Boston as the city continues to operate with increased security in the days after the Boston Marathon. With a Commuter Rail stop in Mansfield, many local residents experienced first hand the increased presence in security in the city. On most weekdays, the train ride to Boston is usually crowded with a struggle to find a seat at times. On this day however, there was a noticeable decrease in riders. “The first thing I noticed this morning was the sheer lack of volume on the commuter rail into Boston,” …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Some T stations in the downtown area have been temporarily suspended.
[UPDATED Monday, April 15, 5:53 p.m.] Regular T services has resumed on the MBTA's Green, Orange and Red lines as of 5:45 p.m., following at least two explosions at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Park Street and Downtown Crossing stations have reopened. MBTA T service in downtown Boston was suspended on several lines this afternoon as emergency crews responded to the scene, according to MBTA.com. The MBTA’s Green Line service between Kenmore and Park Street stations were shut down by around 3:30 p.m., although Green Line service will continued to run between Lechmere and North Station. Both the Green Line's B and C services were temporarily suspended, and the D line was only running from Riverside to Fenway. All Green Line …
Tuesday, March 19, 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 Boston area transit system is seeking sponsorship proposals to provide upgraded wifi service on commuter rail cars, ferries and select commuter rail stations, according to an MBTA press statement released 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; …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Local property owners Karl and Bill Clemmey appeared at last night's selectmen meeting to make a case for lowering the fees for operating a private parking lot.
Talking to the Mansfield Board of Selectmen Wednesday night, local property owners Karl and Bill Clemmey asked the board to look into lowering the fees paid to the town to operate a private lot as both men feel the current fees are too high and arguably, unreasonable. Currently, private lot owners are charged a recurring $50 licensing fee, $6 for every spot in the lot, and must help pay for police details if needed. In the case of the Clemmeys, they are also charged for the police details on Route 106 near their lot for the commuter rail station. According to Bill Clemmey, the town receives $7,000 from the lot to help cover the costs of police details in addition to $1,100 in fees. The number doesn't including the fees for other lots owned…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
A look back at some of the top stores of the week.
Mansfield Man Arrested for B&E in Walpole Foxborough Police assisted Walpole in the arrest of two men and one woman Monday evening after one of the men was allegedly caught by a homeowner trying to break into a Main Street home in Walpole. "The resident was home when the suspect was breaking-in through a window after cutting a screen," Walpole Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael told Walpole Patch. The homeowner confronted the would-be thief outside the Walpole home and the suspect reportedly fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle further down Main Street. Click Here to Read More. Selectmen to Let Residents Vote on BYOB After three weeks of discussion, the selectmen will let the people of Mansfield decide the fate of the bring your own …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
After watching people struggle to get further away from an Acela train, one local Mansfield resident would like to see a special warning for approaching Acela trains.
It was while holding signs at the Mansfield commuter rail stop in early November for Joe Kennedy III that Kevin Doyle saw the need for a special alert for the Acela train. As 20 people held signs over a two hour period, the slower speeds of MBTA trains and freight trains made the group feel less worried about standing close to the tracks. About 80 minutes into the visibility for Kennedy, an Acela train, with the ability to travel up to 150 MPH, took some of the supporters by surprise as Dunn yelled at everyone to move further back. After watching a mother with her 10 year old child get out of the way just in time, Doyle requested that the selectmen address the issue so there is are difference warnings for the faster Acela trains and the …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The Franklin, Providence/Stoughton and Needham Lines are affected.
Riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail's Franklin, Providence/Stoughton and Needham lines will experience brief delays Monday morning due to downed wires, according to a report on MyFoxBoston.com. Delays of up to one hour are expected Monday morning, with MBTA officials saying the delays are a result of portions of the Amtrak's overhead wires falling down.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Riders on all lines can expect up to 30-minute delays during the evening commute.
Delays that took place on several riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail lines Monday morning will continue Monday evening due to downed Amtrak wires, according to the MBTA. The delays were caused by downed Amtrak power lines in the Forest Hills area Monday morning. The incident affected eight miles of track and the power outage cut out signal systems causing disruptions on several lines, according to an MBTA statement. Passengers on six commuter rail lines and six Amtrak trains experienced delays Monday morning, according to Boston.com. The downed overhead wire on the Amtrak line at the Forest Hills station in Hyde Park reportedly prompted officials to shut down tracks between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., according to MyFoxBoston.com. Riders during …
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.
Despite mid-year fare hikes, people continue to use the MBTA. 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…
Saturday, December 15, 2012
All subway, bus and commuter rail lines will be free after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The MBTA has announced its holiday season schedule. Some highlights include: Walpole