You may have noticed I haven't blogged since Marathon Monday. Where does one begin with the past week and a half we've had in this city? I'm sitting here at my keyboard trying to answer that question, and I honestly don't know.
I can tell you that, as both a city resident and a member of the media, it's been hectic on many levels on my end. It's nice to finally see life starting to ease back into some semblance of normalcy - which includes talking with you about transportation. There's a little bit of everything in today's entry as we get back into the swing of things. I can only hope that you and yours are well and coping as best as possible after the terrible events at the marathon. For those reading from out of town - thank you for all of your positive energy and love. #bostonstrong
Now, let's talk about some closures we've got coming up over the next few days... starting with major shutdowns through a chunk of Cambridge today. Regular construction lists will come back starting up next week, by the way.
A private memorial service is taking place today (Wednesday) in Cambridge for slain MIT officer Sean Collier. The memorial is taking place at Briggs Field and is only open to MIT students and faculty, along with law enforcement.
Major road closures are going to accompany this service:
- The Massachusetts Avenue bridge between Boston and Cambridge will be shut down from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. With the Reid Overpass closure already causing major delays by the BU Bridge, crossing the river's going to be that much more complicated. Try crossing either by Western Ave or at the Longfellow Bridge.
- Massachusetts Avenue will be closed from Albany Street (Cambridge) to the bridge from 7:00 AM on.
- Memorial Drive will be closed from the BU Bridge to Massachusetts Avenue throughout the entire day.
- Vassar Street will close at 6:00 AM between Massachusetts Avenue and Audrey Street.
Public transportation is going to be your best bet to get around Cambridge today. Expect heavy ridership delays on the Red Line and other bus routes, though. Keep in mind there's a Sox game scheduled for this afternoon, as well... which is just going to gum things up that much more.
What amazing news it was to read that Boston's One Fund has raised, so far, over $20 million for the victims of the bombings and their families. (By the way, if you're interested in donating, here's where you can do so.) And they're not the only ones - there's been dozens of fundraising campaigns and drives over the past week and a half to raise money for important causes related to the victims. The MBTA's also jumped into the fundraising circuit, because they've got a close connection with the rash of violence that went down last week.
If you hadn't heard, MBTA officer Richard Donohue was shot and wounded in a firefight with the Tsarnaev brothers as they attempted to flee the city of Watertown. The MBTA Police Association Benevolent Fund is asking for donations to directly assist Officer Donohue and his family during his recovery - which, by the way, is looking up more and more by the day. If you want more information, click here.
Of course, when such an event as the one at the marathon takes place, it can be tough to put all your thoughts into place. Anger, stress, frustration, sadness - all of those emotions and more might be rushing through your head at any given time. You're not the only one, though ... and some agencies here in the city are reaching out to provide support.
Riders of the MBTA are going to find some new resources showing up on their daily commute. The American Red Cross announced yesterday at a press conference that they're printing up 300 subway ads to show where you can find support and coping tips as the city works through the tragedy. The Boston Foundation will be shouldering the cost of those ads. They're set to roll out over the next couple of days.
If you find you need help now and can't wait until you can get to a train to check these ads out, the Red Cross says you can find tips to help you work through this tough time on their website here. If you'd like to speak with someone, there's a free 24 hour hotline that may be able to assist you. According to the MetroWest Daily News, the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline can be found at 1 800 985 5990. You can also text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
Did you happen to pass by an MBTA bus this past Monday and see an unusual, but very welcome message? This blurb from Boston Magazine has more information on how the MBTA made their pride show, if not only for a day. (Although, I did see a few buses still showing the messages today. I won't complain.)
If you're a regular user of the Chelsea Street Bridge, something to consider: the DOT has announced they'll be closing the bridge Thursday night for maintenance starting at 8:00 PM. All traffic will, of course, be detoured around the closure:
All northbound vehicles destined for Chelsea will be directed east on Curtis Street; turn right onto ramp from Route 1A (McClellan Highway) south toward East Boston/Winthrop; turn left under the Route 1A viaduct; turn left onto Chaucer Street; bear left onto ramp to Route 1A north; bear right and enter Mahoney Circle/Bell Circle; stay to the right around circle and take fourth exit to Route 1A south; bear right onto Route 16 west; turn right onto ramp to Route 107 (Broadway) south; turn slight left onto Eastern Avenue; follow to end.
Southbound cars and light trucks destined for East Boston will be directed north on Eastern Avenue; turn slight right onto Broadway; turn right onto ramp to Route 16 (Revere Beach Parkway) east; turn right onto Route 145 (Revere Beach Parkway) east; turn right onto ramp to Route 1A (McClellan Highway) south; turn right onto Curtis Street; follow to end.
Southbound heavy trucks destined for East Boston will be directed north on Eastern Avenue; turn slight right onto Broadway; turn right onto ramp to Route 16 (Revere Beach Parkway) east; keep left and enter Mahoney Circle/Bell Circle; stay to the right around circle and take fourth exit to Route 1A south; turn right onto Curtis Street; follow to end.
The bridge will re-open around 5:00 AM, just before the morning rush hour gets going.
Red Line diversions are back with a vengeance this weekend. Crews are going to be working on that Columbia Junction project again, as they were a couple of months ago. All service will be bused between Ashmont and JFK/UMass this coming Saturday and Sunday from the start to end of service. Buses will make all stops.
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