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Narrowing down new navigation aids, and what's in a name?

Posted by Nichole Davis September 12, 2013 04:03 PM

Voting for the MBTA's New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design contest is well underway. As a self-described transit nerd, of course this is something that's right up my alley (and, if you're reading this blog, I'm assuming it's something that probably interests you too).

If you're not familiar with what the contest is all about, essentially the T put the call out to designers and artists (as well as other transit nerds!) to put their own spin on the well-known T map. There were dozens of entries, but a panel has narrowed it down to just a few for the public to choose from.

Here's my thoughts on the top six entries...


Parking problems on the Fitchburg Line, and another 93 closure

Posted by Nichole Davis June 17, 2013 12:15 AM

Commuters in Leominster are about to be a little more inconvenienced.

If you've been utilizing the shuttle service provided by the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority that runs from the Mall at Whitney Field to the North Leominster Intermodal Transportation Center, we're now learning that's not going to be an option come July 1st. What's going on?


Less waiting on the Worcester line, and a crack down on buckling up

Posted by Nichole Davis April 29, 2013 07:44 PM

If you happened to get on the commuter rail in Worcester this morning - namely, the 6:20 am train - you might have noticed you got to Boston a lot faster than you normally do ... and with just one other stop.

Today was the first run of express service between Worcester and Boston for both the morning and afternoon commutes. It's somewhat limited at this point, but transportation officials say they're hopeful it can expand in the future to help passengers travel more quickly between the state's largest cities - which could be beneficial on many levels.


Maneuvering the T on Marathon Monday, and mapping it for the future

Posted by Nichole Davis April 11, 2013 05:38 PM

Ahhh, Marathon Monday. For many, it's a chance to seize the day, power through 26.2 miles and have bragging rights for the rest of their lives. For others, it's a chance to set up shop along the marathon route, eat a bunch of tasty food and have some drinks, rest, and relax. Others may use the day to check out Patriot's Day activities set up around Eastern Massachusetts. (It's looking to be a gorgeous day for re-enactments, should the forecast hold.)

However, it's one of the biggest days for traffic reporters here in Boston. We'll be glued to cameras and map sensors trying to get you to where you have to go among the sea of road closures and public transit diversions that will inevitably be set up. (Anyone want to bring us some cheeseburgers or something?) It's going to be a doozy of a travel day, that's for sure. (By the way, if you're new to the area, don't forget to check out the primer I put together last Marathon Monday to help you get around.)


Sagamore slowdowns are coming, and how not to target shoot

Posted by Nichole Davis March 31, 2013 10:00 PM

We're coming up on that season where traffic getting on and off the Cape starts to ratchet up to barely-tolerable levels. Throw construction into that mix and the situation has the potential to get downright nasty. According to recent news from the Army Corps of Engineers, they're going to try to avoid that with their latest project -- but we're going to start seeing some effects sooner than later.


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Nichole Davis is a Boston-based traffic reporter and news anchor. She’s been seen and heard on television and radio airwaves across New England since 2003, providing commuters with all the More »

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