Transit officials will apply for grant for Route 28 project

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 2, 2009

The state’s Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) held a meeting at the Mildred Ave. Community Center in Mattapan on Tuesday regarding the MBTA service developments in Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, most notably the proposed 28X express bus line.  Read more

MBTA plans to revive its project at Mattapan Square

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 26, 2009

The MBTA and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held a community meeting at the Mildred Ave. community center on Tuesday regarding the T’s plans to revive a stalled transit-oriented development (TOD) project at Mattapan Station. The initiative is aimed at bringing new mixed-use commercial and residential buildings into Mattapan Square. The transit agency hopes that the development will be built on and adjacent to the current site of the Mattapan Station parking lot, the approximately 2.5 acre asphalt area to the north east of the station.  Read more

T previews Route 23 bus improvements at meeting

The MBTA held an open community meeting Tuesday to preview a new plan set to improve the route 23 bus line. Part of the transit authority’s Key Bus Routes Improvement Project, the draft plan will utilize federal funds granted by the American Recovery and Redevelopment Act to invest in transit infrastructure along the Ashmont Station to Ruggles Station route.  Read more

T to discuss Mattapan station development tonight

The MBTA will convene a public meeting tonight— Tuesday, June 23— to discuss future plans for developing land adjacent to the Mattapan Square station. For several years, the MBTA has sought to partner with a private developer to create so-called Transit Oriented Development on 2.25 acres of land next to the T station. One development team had presented a plan to create a mixed-use building on the site, but that project fell through. According to a release from the T, “MBTA staff will discuss development of the station parking lot” at the meeting, which is set for 6-8 p.m.  Read more

T meeting to focus on Route 23 bus line

The MBTA will hold a public preview of its plans to improve the route 23 bus on June 23 at 6:30 p.m at Codman Tech, 450 Washington St., Dorchester. A flyer advertising the improvements says that among the changes planned to come to route 23 are improved reliability, faster service, bus shelters, “enhanced bus stops” and improved traffic flow in the area. Route 23 runs from the Ashmont T station to the Ruggles T station in Roxbury. For more information, contact MBTA project manager Erik Scheier at (617) 222-3214 or at escheier@mbta.com

Questions persist on Route 28 bus plan

Will there be enough room on the route for the proposed Silver Line bus? Will the trees and flowers on the route be torn up and disappear? And what about parking?  Read more

Red Line down for weekend repairs

Train service Dorchester leg of the Red Line will be replaced by shuttle buses along Dorchester Avenue this weekend (June 13 and 14) as work continues to build a new Ashmont station. Questions or concerns can be directed to the MBTA construction hotline at 617-222-6757.

Red Line shut-down in Dot for weekend

A reminder to all those planning their travels via public transport this weekend: Service on the Dorchester leg of the Red Line is suspended all weekend as construction work continues at the new Ashmont Station. This is the second of two consecutive weekend subway shut-downs. Shuttle buses are running along Dot Ave. between Ashmont and JFK-UMass through the end of the service day on Sunday. More from the T here.  Read more

New look in works for Talbot Station area

The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has big plans for the area just east of the Fairmount Line’s proposed Talbot Station—now in the 60 percent design stage at the MBTA. The first neighborhood charette on Codman’s ever expanding plan was held earlier this month, taking suggestions from neighbors on what to do with several industrial buildings and vacant lots the NDC owns or plans to own.  Read more

‘Enhanced’ Blue Hill bus line could resemble rapid transit

A bus on the Silver LineA bus on the Silver LineState and city leaders this week announced a $100 million federal stimulus project to greatly improve public transportation along Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan to Dudley Square, including a new connection to South Station.

It isn’t the light rail service that Roxbury’s transportation advocates have clamored for since the Orange Line was pulled off Washington Street in the late ’80s. And many in Mattapan were taken aback after being left out of the loop on the new proposal. Yet, it is a direct connection to downtown from a host of underserved neighborhoods in Mattapan and Dorchester and transportation advocates seem to be warming up to the plan.  Read more