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Patrick, Menino unveil plan for "enhanced bus service" along Blue Hill corridor

State plans enhanced bus service to Mattapan: A rendering shows a "street view" of the changes along Blue Hill Ave. Source: EOTState plans enhanced bus service to Mattapan: A rendering shows a "street view" of the changes along Blue Hill Ave. Source: EOTGovernor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino announced at noon today that the 28 bus from Ruggles to Mattapan Square will be beefed up with a new Bus Rapid Transit service. It will be phase two of a project that will also connect Dudley Square to South Station as part of the existing Silver Line—a bus service between Dudley Station, downtown, and Logan Airport.  Read more

Ashmont Station taking shape, slowly

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As the skeletal arc of the new Ashmont Station finally begins to reach into the sky in Peabody Square, many are beginning to wonder if it will ever be fully fleshed out. Delays have pushed the first phase of the project nearly 11 months behind schedule, and the second phase isn't set to be put out to bid until June of this year. It would be awarded in July, starting a 16-month long journey to what MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo called "substantial completion" in December 2010.  Read more

Red Line service suspended this weekend

The Dorchester branch of the Red Line will be shut down this weekend as the T completes what it calls the “final phase of demolition” at Ashmont station. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service on Saturday and Sunday. T officials call this weekend’s around the clock work a “major milestone” in the Ashmont construction project. Questions may be directed to the T’s construction hotline at 617-222-6757.

Facing debts, T eyes off-peak service cuts, fare hike

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Mar. 12, 2009

Unless the state comes to the rescue of the MBTA, riders may be hit with a 30 percent fare hike and half the level of service on weekends and during off-peak hours, top state transportation officials warned Monday.

A hike of that size would push a $1.70 subway ride to $2.21, higher than New York's current $2.  Read more

As neighbors resist, plans for Blue Hill station roll on

A passel of direct abutters to the proposed Blue Hill Station on the Fairmount Line continued to oppose it at a design meeting held last Thursday, despite wide support in the surrounding neighborhood.

"We certainly don't get the kind of attention that a church in Copley Square gets," said Barbara Fields of the Woodhaven area neighborhood association. "If it is going to impact our homes like we think it will and you can't assure us otherwise, we can't support it."  Read more

Columbia Point plans, nearly complete, hit roadblock

Plans to create a neighborhood feel amid developments being planned for Columbia Point hit a potential roadblock last week when both the MBTA and the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) voiced opposition to a new side street envisioned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority's urban planners.  Read more

Neighbors balk at siting for Blue Hill Station

Though the call for new stops along Fairmount Line commuter rail has been a loud and long one, the station designs on the table are hardly free from concerns and some residents are even demanding the proposed stop at Blue Hill Avenue be moved or simply scuttled.

The Woodhaven Culbert Regis Neighborhood Association penned a strongly worded to Gov. Deval Patrick in opposition to the Blue Hill Avenue stop this week. They state the project will have a negative impact on property values by damaging the area during construction, and by increasing traffic, noise and light pollution.  Read more

Federal stimulus could be boon for Fairmount Line

The immediate future of the Fairmount Line is shaking out as the federal government determines what projects to fund with the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this month, though on the ground ridership is dropping because of erratic service during construction, forcing the MBTA to issue a new, reduced-service schedule.  Read more

Outrage over T's trolley tree cuts

The remains of two mature trees and a stand of bushes along the Neponset Greenway. Photo by Pete Stidman.

Many users and neighbors of the Mattapan High Speed Line were horrified last week at what they called a total clear-cutting of all vegetation anywhere near the line's tracks.  Read more

Mattapan trolleys in the snow