The MBTA's first new Orange Line train in over 30 years began serving riders on the morning of Wednesday, August 14, 2019. More trains are expected to enter service every few weeks until the entire fleet is replaced in 2022. Photo courtesy of the MBTA.

Fresh and Less Squeezed on the Orange Line

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The MBTA’s first new Orange Line train in decades started carrying passengers this morning after months of delays, to positive reviews and some spontaneous applause from riders: I rode the new train for 1 stop at lunch and IT WAS GLORIOUS!! Smiles everywhere! Some people clapped once the shock was over. What hope! So ignore […]
New flexpost-protected bike lanes have been installed on the Craigie Bridge in front of the Boston Museum of Science, seen in this August 8 photograph looking south towards Boston.

Eyes on the Street: New Bikeways on Charles River Dam

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One of the first stories that StreetsblogMASS covered was a May public meeting on MassDOT’s plans for a road diet and new flexpost-protected bike lanes on Craigie Bridge (also known as Charles River Dam Road) in front of the Boston Museum of Science. Eyes on the street: the new flexpost-protected bike lanes have been installed […]
A double-parked Lyft driver waits outside of the South Station bus terminal on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Uber/Lyft Have Big Impacts to Boston's Traffic

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Uber and Lyft have finally come clean: Their drivers are causing a significant share of the congestion in America’s most transit-dense cities, particularly in Boston. A new study jointly commissioned by the two app-based cab companies found that they have a massive footprint in San Francisco, Washington and Boston, but the companies are affecting traffic to a lesser degree […]
The cover image from the 2019 MassDOT Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

Meet Your New Massachusetts Bike and Pedestrian Plans

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Last month, MassDOT released its new statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan and a separate Statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan, the culmination of a two-year planning effort organized around the vision of making biking and walking “a safe, comfortable, and convenient option” for everyone in Massachusetts. The state is also putting some significant money on the table to make […]
Powder House Boulevard at the southern edge of the Tufts University campus in Somerville, pictured in May 2019.

Parking Trumps Bike Lanes on Powder House... for Now

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In a more conciliatory public meeting Wednesday night, city officials raised the possibility of installing a one-way protected bike lane on Powder House Boulevard in 2020, and emphasized the expected safety benefits of traffic-calming measures that are being installed on the street this summer. While safety advocates and bicyclists in particular have been focused on […]
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