What a response I got from my last entry about the Longfellow Bridge! Thanks for all your input - and thank you to all of those who wrote in with your transportation-related questions. I've got feelers out on many of them and am working to get you answers as fast as possible. If you're curious about something transportation related around the city, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can't wait to hear from you.
By the way, if you're looking for the VMS story, I'm still putting some finishing touches on it - look for it to be published by the end of the week! Here's some other tidbits for you until then...
Katerina from Cambridge wrote in:
My commute each day takes me down Nashua Street by Spaulding Rehab and the county Jail. For the past few weeks it's been really difficult to get through there because the road is constantly being torn up. You never know when the work is going to be taking place which is equally annoying. Traffic's being rerouted a lot and the delays can be long at times. Do you know if this is going to take too much longer?
I spoke with Tracey Ganiatsos at the Boston Transportation Department about the project. It's one I'm familiar with, as I often take that route out of downtown to access Storrow Drive -- and it's been a bit frustrating driving over those metal plates from time to time. Some are seemingly a bit loose, which is also a bit disconcerting.
Anyway, Ganiatsos told me that the work is being done by Veolia Energy. What they're reportedly doing is installing a new steam main under Nashua Street. She tells me that the new main will "provide more reliable steam to downtown buildings".
As they install various parts of the steam main, you'll find different areas of Nashua Street and the surrounding areas torn up. It looks like they've, at least for now, finished the stretch of the street just past the jail heading over to the Charles River Dam road. Ganiatsos tells me you'll find the crews out there until sometime in mid-September.
Whether they make you uncomfortable, annoyed or even slightly frightened, there's often that random person on the T that you really wish had chosen another car. Or line. Or mode of transport, really.
Local Youtuber Nadine Preston, along with a group of her friends, have made a new video that seems to channel most frustrations one suffers on a T ride into a just-under-four-minute clip. Check it out. (I'd have to say my favorite is the complete breakfast setup. Can't say I've seen anyone spraying hairspray yet, but it's got to be up there with people clipping their toenails - which, yes, I've noticed on the Red Line. Eugh.) Did the video miss any annoyances that you've noticed?
In Case You Missed It...
Have you ever received a bill in the mail for a toll you may have blown through, or perhaps for a ticket you didn't know you received? Imagine that, multiplied by ... well, a lot. It's all due to a not-so-classic case of mistaken identity.
A California man has been engaged in a four year struggle, dealing with $17k+ in toll fines -- all because of a simple mixup. Did he triumph? Find out here.
If you think waiting for a train is bad here, you haven't seen Beijing... A recent article by Gawker outlines a typical Beijing subway commuter's struggle to just get on and off the train - not to mention the astronomical lines they have to wait in... I'll think twice before complaining about the soon-to-be-shuttered Government Center station at rush hour again.
Also, I've seen a few articles around the intertubes today about how Allstate has released a new survey of the Worst Driving Cities in America. Well, it's not exactly new -- it was released back in 2012 -- but for some reason it's getting a bit of attention now. That's okay, because Boston's not on the list. Take that, everyone who says we're horrible drivers! (You just don't understand our zeal.) One New England city is, though -- Providence.
Of course, someone saw that Boston hadn't made the top ten, and got a little frustrated because of our ill-begotten reputation. In this latest piece by Brian Palmer at Slate, he mentions that Allstate neglected to add Boston because they don't even serve Massachusetts. Oh. But, take heart -- we're also vindicated by the end of his study, which takes not just fatal crashes, but pedestrian strikes, mileage driven and drunk driving incidents into consideration. Read more here and see which city tops the (revised) list.
You'll find slowdowns here... (Mostly Downtown Boston edition)
Expressway/O'Neill Tunnel Southbound
Three lanes will be closed on the Lower Deck through the O'Neill Tunnel to Exit 20 (Mass Pike / South Station), where traffic will then be detoured completely onto Exit 20 on Tuesday from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
The ramp from Essex Street to the O'Neill Tunnel southbound will be closed on Tuesday from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
The ramp from Albany Street to the O'Neill Tunnel southbound will be closed Wednesday from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Northbound
The ramp from Haymarket Square to the Upper Deck of 93 will be closed Monday through Thursday nights between 11:30 PM and 5:00 AM.
The ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to the O'Neill Tunnel northbound will be closed Monday through Thursday nights between 11:30 PM and 5:00 AM.
Mass Pike Eastbound
The on-ramps from Frontage Road and the Expressway northbound to the Pike eastbound will close Tuesday night from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM.
Mass Pike Westbound
The ramp from Arlington Street to the Pike westbound will close Tuesday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
The ramps from Frontage Road and the Expressway northbound to the Pike westbound will close on Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
++ COMPLETE CLOSURE ++ of the tunnel Monday night from 11:45 PM until 5:00 AM. All traffic will be detoured to the Ted Williams Tunnel.
The Storrow Tunnel coming off of the Leverett Downramp will be closed Monday through Thursday nights between 10:30 PM and 5:00 AM. Follow posted detours.
The on-ramp from Great Plain Avenue (Exit 18) in Needham to 128 southbound will close Monday through Thursday nights from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
The on-ramp from Route 135 (Exit 17) in Dedham to 128 southbound will close Monday through Thursday nights from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
The off-ramp from 128 southbound to East Street (Exit 16) in Dedham will close Monday night from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
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