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Another app for that, and the holiday on the MBTA

Posted by Nichole Davis  December 21, 2012 05:26 PM

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Hurray! It's almost Christmas! I'll be heading out of town for a few days to celebrate the holiday - and probably gorge myself silly, of course - so I won't be posting on Monday. I'll be back at it on Friday with a couple of tidbits before taking off for New Year's. Posting will be back in full swing on Friday, January 4th.

Of course, if you have any ideas or see anything you want me to discuss, toss me a line! I'd love to hear from you while I'm on the road. The email address is commuting dot boston at gmail.com.

Below the cut I've got your MBTA holiday schedule for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Also, there's a new app for those of you that regularly get stuck on 93 - thanks to the DOT. And, of course, we've got your usual construction, although there isn't much to discuss because of the holiday week coming up.

Possibly jam-free on 93?

Interstate 93 is easily one of the most traveled roads in Massachusetts - especially the Southeast Expressway portion. Now, you'll have an easier way to avoid the mind-numbing stress that is traffic on 93, thanks to the DOT.

It's called the Real Time Travel App (affectionally referred to as the RTTM), and it was developed by a Boston-based company, KCUS Inc. If you normally see the travel time message boards on 93, you'll recognize where this information comes from. What the app does is take that information out of a database and display it in the form of current travel times with color codes.

You don't have to look at the majority of 93 while you use it, though - you can program your own specific route into the app to ensure that you're only getting the information that you want. If you're new to the area, or not exactly sure where you're heading, the app has maps to plot out exactly where you're heading.

Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey commented in a press release:

“By bus, train, subway, and now along our busiest highway corridor, we are tapping into the power of smart phone technology to provide customers with the answer to the most basic question- how long will it take to reach my destination?"

They're planning on expanding this technology to other roads in the Commonwealth, but the DOT hasn't released exactly what those roads are. We'll have to wait and see which comes first. And, if you're not big into apps - you can always check out the MassDOT website, which has brand new maps with the same color-coded technology.

Honestly, I was excited to give this a download and check it out. So far, though, if you're an Android user, like me - sorry, you're out of luck. The app is currently only available for iPhone and Windows Phone. You can download it by searching for "RTTM" in your various app marketplaces. So, I want to know what you think about the app. What needs to be improved? Will it actually be helpful for your commute? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

MBTA Matters

It's that time again - MBTA holiday schedules are in effect! Keep in mind that, if you're heading out on New Year's Eve, you won't have to pay your fare to ride the T after 8:00 PM. Pretty cool - definitely want to consider taking the T if your plans take you into and out of Boston on New Year's.

You can find the entire schedule, including restrictions to The Ride, here.

Christmas Eve:

All subway, commuter rail, and bus lines will run on normal schedules.

Commuter boats will see restrictions:

The F1 Line to Hingham will see additional service. Extra departures will leave from Rowes Wharf at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. The normally scheduled 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM departures from Rowes Wharf will be cancelled.
Service on the F2 and F2H will see three additional stops in Hull. The 12:05 PM from Long Wharf will stop in Hull at 12:20 PM; the 1:25 PM departure will stop in Hull at 1:55 PM, and the 2:15 PM departure will stop in Hull at 2:35. The final departure of the day from Long Wharf will be at 6:05 PM.
F4 service to and from Charlestown will run on a regular schedule.
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Christmas Day:

All subway lines, along with the Silver Line, will operate on Sunday schedules.

Several commuter rail lines will not be in service. These include the Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Needham lines.
All other lines will run on a Sunday schedule.

Bus lines will run on a Sunday schedule, with the exception of the lines listed below, which will not be running at all:
• 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, 558.

There will be no service on any commuter boat lines.
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New Year's Eve:

All subway service will run on normal weekday schedules, with extra service being put into place between 3:00 PM until sometime near 2:00 AM. Silver Line service will run on normal weekday schedules.

Buses, trackless trolleys and express buses will all be on a weekday schedule.

Commuter rail service will be on weekday schedules, with additional service being put into place through the afternoon and late night on all lines.

All last trains out of North Station will depart at 2:00 AM exactly. This affects the Newburyport, Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill and Rockport lines.

Last trains out of South Station will be departing as follows:
1:00 AM - Needham, Framingham/Worcester
1:05 AM - Kingston/Plymouth
1:10 AM - Middleborough
1:45 AM - Providence/Stoughton, Franklin

Commuter boat service will be modified as follows:

The F1 Line to Hingham will see additional service. Extra departures will leave from Rowes Wharf at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. The normally scheduled 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM departures from Rowes Wharf will be cancelled.
Service on the F2 and F2H will see three additional stops in Hull. The 12:05 PM from Long Wharf will stop in Hull at 12:20 PM; the 1:25 PM departure will stop in Hull at 1:55 PM, and the 2:15 PM departure will stop in Hull at 2:35. The final departure of the day from Long Wharf will be at 6:05 PM.
F4 service to and from Charlestown will run on a regular schedule.
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New Year's Day:

All subway service will run on a Sunday schedule, as will the Silver Line.

Buses will run on a Sunday schedule. The following bus lines will not run:
• 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, 558.

Four commuter rail lines will not be in service - the Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Needham lines. All other lines will run on a Sunday schedule.

There will be no commuter boat service.
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You'll find slowdowns here...
** Keep in mind that much of the usual work will be put off for the majority of the week due to holiday observances.**

93 northbound at Route 62 (Exit 40), Wilmington: watch for lane closures on Friday, December 28th for road work between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

128 southbound at Essex Avenue, Gloucester: guard rail repair will be taking place Friday, December 28th between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

24 northbound between Route 139, Stoughton (Exit 20) and 128, Randolph: expect lane closures and a rough road surface due to ongoing paving work in place until mid-January 2013.

Dartmouth Street at Beacon Street, downtown Boston: watch for restrictions due to ongoing water main work.

Harrison Avenue near Taber Street, Roxbury: watch for restrictions due to ongoing water main work.

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.

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.

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