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Some Worcester-Framingham love, and a street sprucing-up

Posted by Nichole Davis  August 1, 2012 10:50 PM

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Hello again - checking in this Wednesday night with some stories that have caught my eye so far this week that may interest you.

I've got some info for Boston residents (or anyone that likes to go to the TD Garden area at any time) to give their input on a new project... some extra funding's gone through for transportation projects in the last few hours of the state legislature's session ... and a nice surprise for riders of the Worcester-Framingham commuter rail line.

Here goes!

Catch up on Causeway Street plans

Hear hear, North and West End residents (and anyone else interested): MassDOT says they're holding a public meeting next Wednesday night, August 8, to discuss the redesign plans for Causeway Street. North End Waterfront reports that they've got big plans for the project, which is set to stretch between the intersections of North Washington Street and Merrimac Street.

It's a pretty hopping few blocks during Celtics games (or really any sporting event) ... but, in spots, it's a relatively bare stretch of road -- mostly a thoroughfare to get to North Station, the Garden, government buildings or other local bars and restaurants. The DOT says they've got some high hopes for those blocks:

... a key goal of the Causeway Street Reconstruction Project is to transform Causeway Street into a “great pedestrian-oriented boulevard,” make it the “anchor” for the Bulfinch Triangle/North Station business and entertainment district, reconnect the West End and North End neighborhoods, and transform the Bulfinch Triangle/North Station area into a more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly place.

The meeting will take place atTD Garden, in the West Room. It's set to start at 7:00 pm. Learn more about the project and check out a map of the proposed redesign here.

Coming this fall: more commuter rail trips

If you're a Central Massachusetts resident and use the Worcester-Framingham commuter rail line to travel to Boston, you'll be pleased to hear that the MBTA is stepping up service on that line come this fall.

Currently there are 13 train trips per weekday on the line, but Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray says the state is hoping to boost that up to 20 per day, along with adding an express train to the route. The Worcester Telegram-Gazette says the MBTA will be helping with that by closing on a new deal in October to acquire 21 miles of commuter rail track from CSX Corporation.

Great news, but will they be on time? We'll have to wait and see. We don't want to relive 2011's Worcester line woes. Full story here.

Are you a frequent commuter on that line? Do you think the extra trips will help?

Another green light for road construction

The state legislature's two year session ended in the late hours Tuesday night, but not without pushing a little boost through for the local roads and rails -- to the tune of a $1.4 billion transportation bill (that happened to have a bunch of other stuff stuck on to it as well).

Projects in various stages state-wide are going to see some help from the bill, and it also gives the state some lee-way to start asking to borrow some more funds for later plans. However, the bill doesn't guarantee that all the projects earmarked will actually be finished, just because the state now has the permission to borrow cash. The non-essential projects will reportedly be whittled down sometime in the future. Full story here.

Back on Friday with some slowdown spots and weekend MBTA diversions!

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Nichole Davis is a Boston-based traffic reporter and news anchor. She’s been seen and heard on television and radio airwaves across New England since 2003, providing commuters with all the More »

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