Heading into a somewhat-snowy weekend, still, for some -- it's getting to be that time of year where traffic gets heavier and heavier as the days go on. Yep, it's almost The Holidays™ ... look for the Christmas Creep, coming to a road near you soon enough!
(Well, we'll start with Thanksgiving first, but you get the idea. Should work on that joke...)
Anyway, behind the cut, Logan Express riders are getting a bit of a break at a time when traveling gets pretty difficult... there's some good news for Allston/Brighton residents when it comes to public transportation ... and, of course, the usual Friday construction and MBTA delay lists.
Any questions or concerns or thoughts you might have -- leave them in the comments or send them to me at commuting.boston at gmail dot com!
Driving down 93 south the other night, I noticed some signs that flashed a message about Massport, their website, and the dates November 4th through 14th -- but not anything that was supposed to link those three pieces of information together. After seeing about two or three of those signs, I decided to do some digging.
Turns out that Massport is offering reduced parking rates for those who decide to use their Logan Express service over the next week or so. Massport says that it's almost that time of year where traffic tends to get a little crazy - especially at the airport. To try to reduce congestion, they're trying to promote carpooling via Logan Express. Director of Aviation Edward Freni said in a press release that last year, around 1000 commuters and travelers participated in the promotion.
So how much do you save? Looks like you only have to pay $22 for anywhere between 4 and 14 days of parking. According to their press release that saves you 55% over their usual weekly rate. You have to park at one of their lots in Braintree, Framingham, Peabody or Woburn before 11:59 PM on Wednesday to take advantage of the rates.
More information on the promotion here.
A new station for New Balance
Fellow Allston/Brighton residents: I am happy to be one of the bearers of some good news. A new commuter rail station for the area that's mostly been in the planning process is now starting to look like a reality.
According to New Balance spokeswoman Amy Dow, the station will be built off of Everett Street, and is set to be finished by sometime in 2014. Dow says that the coming year will be one for design and planning - construction of the station will take just about one year, give or take a month or two.
Currently, we Allstonian-Brightonians (or whatever we're called) don't have any commuter rail stops on the Framingham/Worcester line, which is the line designated for this new station. The closest ones to the area are the stops at Yawkey or Newtonville, so commuters hoping to go-carless into Allston or Brighton from outside the city will have an easier option.
The company's not building the station just because they feel like boosting the local transportation system, though (although that's hopefully part of it). New Balance says they are going to be putting up a new headquarters, several new office buildings, restaurants, a sports complex, and even a hotel on a 14 acre plot on Guest Street. It's all set to be finished by 2017.
Full disclosure: I'm a Brighton resident - formerly one of Lower Allston - so, personally, I'm really excited about this. The North Beacon street / Market Street area of the city really does need more than just buses to service the many startups, bigger businesses, and residents that are making their homes there. I would, of course, love to see extra service to the area on light rail trolleys (like the B, C, D lines, etc) but this is a great start.
Learn more about the new stop here. Do you plan to utilize the new stop once it's open? If you're a resident of the neighborhood, do you agree with the plan to put it in?
No MBTA service changes will be in place for the Veterans Day holiday on Monday - the T has announced that all service will run on a regular weekday schedule.
Another weekend of continued Orange Line diversions... Starting at the beginning of service Saturday through the end of service Sunday, busing will replace all service between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square. The buses will make all stops. "Normal" service will start back up again on Monday - but, don't forget, that just means the busing will only take place from 9:00 PM to the end of service on weeknights.
Red Line busing from Alewife to Harvard starts up next weekend and will be happening every weekend until the middle of December - this, so crews can perform maintenance work on the "Floating Slab" project. More on that next as we get closer to the start.
You'll find slowdowns here...
Route 3 southbound at Cambridge Street, Burlington: utility work will close the left lane from Wednesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Route 1 in both directions at Essex Street, Saugus: the left lane and median will be closed for road work on Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Route 1 in both directions by the Lynnfield Tunnel, Lynnfield: two left lanes will be closed for work between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect delays.
Route 3 northbound at Treble Cove Road (Exit 28), Billerica: the right lane and right shoulder will be closed for utility work Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.
Mass Pike eastbound over 391, Chicopee: the median and shoulder will be closed for ongoing bridge work until further notice.
Route 9 eastbound at the Hammond Pond Parkway, Newton: expect heavy delays due to ongoing paving work Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Route 128 in both directions, between Route 109 (Exit 16) and Great Plain Avenue (Exit 18), Dedham - Needham: ongoing road widening project blocks the left lane through most weekday middays and overnights. Expect significant delays and possible blockages of the active breakdown lane.
Route 128 in both directions, between Route 38, Woburn (Exit 35) and Route 3, Burlington (Exits 32 A/B): left lane is closed for ongoing median work. Lane restrictions and shifts are in place. Expect heavy delays.
North Harvard Street over the Larz Anderson Bridge: Continual lane closures are in effect in both directions for bridge reconstruction work. No left turn onto Memorial Drive from JFK Street.
Tobin Bridge in both directions: Watch for continual lane closures as DOT crews continue to paint the bridge. These will be in effect until November.
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