Happy Turkey-day week to you! (Or Tofurkey-day week, if you are veggie-inclined).
It looks as if we will have a jam-packed entry today. I will be taking the rest of the week off from the blog for Thanksgiving, so next week we'll get right back into things. On Monday, we'll discuss a chat with new MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott that went down on boston.com today, I'll have answers to a question from a reader about the Haverhill line, and I'll also have construction for the coming week, among other goodies.
In the spirit of the season, thank you for continuing to read as I continue to learn the ins and outs of this blogging thing. Your questions have taught me much, and I've been thankful that you trust me to find the information that you need to know most. Now, if we could just fix that pesky Expressway...
I hope you all have a safe, happy, and restful holiday!
I have a question of curiosity…why were there no tolls this weekend on the Tobin Bridge? I went through Friday and Sunday.
I went through on Sunday, too, and it was very nice to not have to consider alternate routes back into Boston from the North Shore for once. Plus, you can't beat that cityscape view as you drive into the City Square tunnel.
Anyway, yes - the tolls were suspended all weekend on the bridge - MassDOT put out a tweet on Friday that mentioned they were going to be doing so "due to construction" on the bridge. They didn't really say much more about it. I'm assuming this means that, considering all lanes on the bridge are set to re-open here in the next week or so, they're trying to either:
- expedite traffic flow in order to squeeze in some extra work
- take down the construction, so they didn't want people backing up through the lane closures
- be really nice and say "thank you" for putting up with the delays all summer and fall
Either way, I'm curious to know how much the DOT lost in revenue over those three days. I'm sure it's not nearly as much as has been lost in gas for those sitting in the extreme backups since the end of May while trying to commute into and out of the city each weekday.
Turkey day traversing
The MBTA has released their holiday schedule for the week...
- Wednesday: All service will run on a regular weekday schedule, except for the Silver Line, which will have expanded service to and from Logan Airport.
- Thanksgiving Day: All service will run on a Sunday schedule.
- Friday: All service will run on a regular weekday schedule, except for the Silver Line, which will again be running on a modified weekday schedule.
- Wednesday: All service will run on a regular weekday schedule.
- Thanksgiving Day: Most service will run on a Sunday schedule. Several routes will be cancelled for the day: CT1, CT2, CT3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 18, 19, 29, 33, 37, 38, 51, 52, 62, 65, 67, 68, 70A, 74, 76, 77A, 79, 84, 85, 92, 114, 121, 131, 132, 170, 210, 212, 217, 221, 245, 325, 326, 351, 352, 354, 411, 424, 424W, 426, 428, 430, 434, 436, 439, 448, 449, 451, 456, 459, 465, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 553, 554, 556, and 558.
- Friday: All service will run on a regular weekday schedule.
- Wednesday: All lines will run on a regular weekday schedule.
- Thanksgiving Day: Most lines will run on a Sunday schedule, but there will be no service on the Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, or Needham lines.
- Friday: All lines will run on a regular weekday schedule.
- Wednesday: The F1 (Hingham to Rowes Wharf) will have additional service - boats will depart at Rowes Wharf at 12:30 and 2:30. There will be no 7:30 or 8:30 pm boats - last boat of the night will run at 7:00. The F2 and F2H boats (Quincy, Hull) will have extra service with three extra stops in Hull. According to the T, the 12:05, 1:25 and 2:15 boats will all stop in Hull before heading to Quincy. The last boat of the night will be the 6:05 departure from Long Wharf. The F4 boat (Charlestown) will run on a normal weekday schedule.
- Thanksgiving Day: No boat service will run.
- Friday: All service will be back to normal weekday schedules.
- Wednesday: All service will run on a regular weekday schedule.
- Thanksgiving Day: Service will run on a Sunday schedule.
- Friday: All service will return to a weekday schedule.
You can visit the MBTA's events page for .pdf's of each schedule, including the schedule for the increased availability of the Silver Line to and from Logan Airport.
An mTicketing update
I woke up to some good news in my inbox the other day from MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. It turns out all of you commuter rail riders really dig the mTicketing system.
He told me that, in just under one week, over 8,000 riders have downloaded the mTicketing app. Through that app, over $20,000 in commuter rail tickets were bought - and that's just for North Station trains!
Remember, South Station trains and Commuter Boat passes and tickets will be made available for purchase later on this month. If you've got stories about your mTicketing experience, leave them in the comments. I would love to hear them.
Red Line busing will continue this weekend in the wake of the Thanksgiving holiday. All service between Harvard and Alewife will be shuttled on Saturday and Sunday. The shuttle buses will make all stops. The busing will be in place so crews can continue work on the "Floating Slab" project.
Don't forget, we still have our usual Orange Line busing in place until the end of the year - that schedule puts you on shuttles Sundays through Thursdays from 9:00 PM to the end of service, except for nights where there are major events at the Garden. This, of course, is all for work on the Assembly Square project. Shuttles make all stops there, too.
You'll find slowdowns here... (downtown Boston edition)
Mass Pike westbound
The Arlington Street ramp to the Pike westbound will close tonight from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
The Mass Pike Eastbound will ++ CLOSE ++ at Exit 22 (Prudential Center / Copley Square) Monday from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. All traffic will be diverted at that exit.
Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Northbound
The exit ramp to Exit 23 (Government Center) will close Monday from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
The ramps from Cross Street and the Sumner Tunnel to the O'Neill Northbound will close Monday from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
The ramp from Rutherford Avenue to the Tobin Bridge outbound will close Monday from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Southbound
The ramps from the Surface Artery southbound at New Chardon Street to the O'Neill Tunnel southbound and the Callahan Tunnel will close Monday from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
The 93 southbound carpool lane from Somerville to the Zakim Bridge will close Monday from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
Leverett Circle Tunnels
The Leverett Circle Connector Tunnel westbound will close Monday from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
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