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A new face at the MBTA, and out of town brake lights

Posted by Nichole Davis September 28, 2012 04:11 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback on the Green Line post earlier this week! I'll be sure to respond to as many comments as possible over the next couple of days. I agreed with many of you and understood your frustrations about the fallout from the new front door policy. Some of you brought up the safety factor, which is a very important angle that hadn't really been covered. It'll be interesting to see if the T eventually does make some change due to the consistent public distaste and safety hazards that the front door policy brings -- or, rather, what it will take for that to happen ... time will tell, I guess.

Anyway, in today's entry, I've got a profile on the new MBTA general manager, some info on an upcoming work crew in the O'Neill Tunnel, your usual out of town construction, MBTA diversions for the week ahead, and some news on those countdown signs on the Red Line. Enjoy!

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Front door frustrations, and downtown jam-ups

Posted by Nichole Davis September 25, 2012 10:36 AM

A little bit late this week, but no worries - here I am with a chock-full entry. Lots of construction to speak of in Downtown Boston... and that closure of the Ted Williams Tunnel is looking to be a go for later on this evening. I've also got a question from a very frustrated reader who is sick of dealing with all those heavy delays on the Green Line due to the "new" front-door-policy for fare collection.

Later this week we'll talk about the new General Manager of the MBTA, Beverly Scott, who will be shipping up to Boston from Atlanta. I'll also have your out-of-town construction and other transportation whatnot that came across the wires.

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On Mother Nature's distaste for the DOT, and MBTA matters

Posted by Nichole Davis September 21, 2012 12:23 AM

So, Massachusetts Car-Free week has come to an end... did you manage to make it to work at least a couple days this week without the car leaving the driveway (or carefully planned spot on the street)? Unfortunately, I flaked out a bit, and didn't take part... but I did do some extra walking while I was in the city to places I would normally be lazy and take the car to. It's the little things, right? (Right?)

Under the cut, we have some good news for impatient Red Line riders at Downtown Crossing ... a discussion on Mother Nature and the Ted Williams Tunnel ... and your usual MBTA diversions and out-of-Boston construction.

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Ditching the cars, and Boston brake lights

Posted by Nichole Davis September 17, 2012 12:59 AM

Monday has arrived again, much to (I think) our overall chagrin... hope you had a great weekend. Looking forward to a quality week weather-wise, and, hopefully, easy-going traffic-wise.

In today's entry - it's Car-Free Week! All the details are behind the cut - I'm curious if you'll be taking part ... and, if so, how you intend on doing so. More news on the Hancock Bridge awaits, and there's also the usual downtown construction tidbits.

Of course, as always, if you have any questions or queries, send them over to me at commuting dot boston at gmail dot com ... or use the entry form to the right.

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The 128 question, and your weekend slowdowns

Posted by Nichole Davis September 14, 2012 12:28 AM

Happy Friday to you!

I'm out of town this weekend, but I hope that you're able to take advantage of the lovely weather and really get out there and enjoy one of the last kind-of-summery weekends before my favorite season, fall, rolls in.

Today's entry has a mishmash of subjects, as I like to do. We, of course, have your MBTA diversions and your construction for the week ahead. I also sat and chatted with my traffic reporter cohorts about the ever-confusing 128/95/93 situation. Plus, a jog in the wrong spot... that's all behind the cut.

Back on Monday - enjoy!

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Take two on a Pike closure, and downtown slowdowns

Posted by Nichole Davis September 10, 2012 12:14 AM

Happy Monday to you... today's post includes your usual list of downtown construction, which involves a couple of closures on the Expressway and the Mass Pike. Speaking of that closure on the Pike, this is the one that was supposed to take place last week but was benched due to a heavy storm that moved through. There's also some information on the continuation of the Neponset River Bridge paving, which has made traffic significantly heftier than usual through that area on the Expressway and local roads.

Coming up later this week, we're going to get into the debate of "128". Why do people use it? Should we continue? I'll ask some local traffic reporter friends of mine and I'll also put in my two cents.

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A Boston traffic primer, and some unwelcome Red Line residents

Posted by Nichole Davis September 7, 2012 12:35 AM

It's Friday, and the first weekend for all those back to school and work - hopefully the weather holds and you'll have one more nice day at the beaches or wherever it is you decide to go.

Behind the jump we have the usual list of construction outside Boston (Monday brings our downtown slowdowns), and your list of MBTA diversions and busing. Also, some Dorchester residents are dealing with a rather unwelcome issue ... and there's a link for some good information for those who have just arrived in the area.

Here we go!

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Brake lights on the Braga, and downtown slowdowns

Posted by Nichole Davis September 3, 2012 11:53 PM

UPDATE, 9/4 2:35 PM: MassDOT has announced they will NOT be closing the Ted Williams Tunnel eastbound this evening as previously planned (and mentioned in this post); this is due to the inclement weather. The closure will be postponed for one week, and will take place next Tuesday into Wednesday, September 11-12.
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Happy Labor Day-evening to you! I hope you were able to have a restful and relaxing weekend to gear up for back to school or whatever is on your agenda.

Today's post focuses on the South Coast for a bit, where we'll discuss the ongoing headaches on the Braga Bridge... I also have information on a Pike closure for you, and your usual list of downtown construction.

Here goes!

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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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