Friday’s Headlines

Cape Flyer service starts for the season, how Seattle beat traffic, and a swan song for MBTA's Orange Line cars.

  • The weekend “CapeFLYER” passenger rail service from South Station to Cape Cod starts service for the season this evening, with a new stop just across the canal in the town of Bourne.
  • On Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts Senate has approved a $42.8 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2020. The budget now goes into a reconciliation process with the slightly smaller House-approved budget (State House News, via the Daily Hampshire Gazette).
  • City Point Capital, a South Boston developer, is being taken to task for building a non-ADA-compliant sidewalk next to a new 5-story condo building, thus blocking pedestrian access to abutting neighbors living in the Boston Housing Authority’s Anne M. Lynch Homes (Boston Herald).
  • Seattle has added 116,000 new residents since 2006, and yet, thanks to robust investment in light rail, bikeways and bus corridors, traffic has declined (Politico).
  • Is biking in the city worth breathing in all the polluted air? Grist’s “Ask Umbra” column says not to worry about it: air pollution is “harder to avoid than you might think,” for one thing – you’re breathing your city’s air even if you stay inside – and besides that, “Even in the most extreme cases — cities in the 99th percentile of particulate matter concentration — an hour-long bike ride is still considered to have net-positive benefits.” (Grist)
  • Finally, the day’s big MBTA news:


A detail of the MBTA's proposed new bus network map, showing the proposed new routes that would connect Roxbury and Dorchester to the jobs of the Longwood Medical Area (upper left). Courtesy of the MBTA.

Our First Look At the T’s Proposed New Bus Network

The MBTA has published a draft map of its proposed new bus network – a major milestone in the agency’s efforts to reinvigorate and expand its bus services. For the past year, the T’s planners have been working on a blank-slate redesign of its bus routes to adapt to the region’s changing travel patterns, better […]