Bus slides show “Next Steps,” more

Next Steps slide from Town presentation on bus pilot. Full text below.

The Town has posted its slide presentation from Wednesday’s final meeting to evaluate the bus-priority pilot program. Read more »

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Buses moved faster during pilot

RETURN OF BUS LANE STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION
Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the trial. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

The traffic cones and police detail are gone, but preliminary data from Wayz and the MBTA suggest that the Town’s bus-priority experiment worked.

The pilot’s three main measures reduced bus trip time by 5-6 minutes on average days without adversely affecting other road users, according to preliminary data.

The time savings climbed to 10 minutes on days of high congestion. Read more »

Town to decide bus-lane fate

BUS PILOT ENDED NOVEMBER 9. NOW WHAT?

Back of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

Two of the three segments of the Town’s bus-priority experiment, at Lake Street and at Route 16, are continuing past the end of the pilot program last Friday, November 9.

That’s according to a November 12 announcement on the Town’s website.

The third element is the bus lane. The Town made no statements about the future of the dedicated lane, noting only that the lane, and its related parking ban, are no longer in effect.

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Bus priority experiment in progress

Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled traffic along the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

The 79 bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the trial. At Thorndike Street looking back to Arlington Center.

Arlington’s bus priority experiment will end on November 9. There will be a community evaluation of the program on November 14.

Let’s inspect this work in progress by walking from Lake Street to Route 16.

The bus lane (above) is only in effect from 6 to 9 AM on weekdays. Read more »

Rainbows over Mass. Ave.

Rainbow arcs over Mass. Ave. shops with wet street in the foreground

Mass. Ave. earlier this afternoon, facing Cleveland St..

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Bus-stop shift is permanent

The new location for the Cambridge-bound bus stop at Lake Street is permanent.

Street sign denoting a temporary bus stop

Last week

This week

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Temporarily permanent

Update: I completely misread this. Temporary sign to come down; the change is permanent.

More follows.

LAKE STREET BUS STOP RELOCATED
Street sign" Temporary Bus Stop, board bus here" MBTAStreet sign: "This bus stop is now closed permanently. MBTA buses will not stop here to board or alight passengers. Please use the new stop location at 190 Mass. Ave."
Thanks for clearing that up, MBTA!

Just to be clear: Arlington’s bus-priority pilot program is just four weeks long.

At the end of it, unless the Town makes a further decision to make part or all of the test permanent, the status quo ante will be restored. Completely. Read more »

Bus coming through

Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled traffic along the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the trial. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

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New curb extension temporarily removed

TO BE REBULT IN NOVEMBER
Flanked by orange and white safety barrels, men in yellow safety vests dig up the sidewalk as subervisor and police officer look on

A work crew, with police detail, removes the curb extension on Mass. Ave, by Lafayette St. earlier today.

What happens when the Bus Priority Pilot meets the Mass. Ave. Project?

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A blog about Mass. Ave.

Excavating by Lake St. in sun and shade, April 28, 2015.

This blog is a direct consequence of the Mass. Ave. Project in East Arlington (2008 – 2016) and its many odd characters and controversies.

What was once reported as news on this blog is, today, a chapter of recent history:

also

Today I write less often, and about other things.

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Bus-priority trials OKed

Lake St., Bus Lane, and Route 16

Orange safety sign that reads "New Traffic Pattern Ahead"

The sun will not rise until 6:51 AM in Arlington on October 9.

But by that time Town workers will already have set up the temporary bus lane authorized earlier this evening by the Town’s Select Board. Read more »

Residents weigh 9 options for 3 bus choke points

A consultant explains some options for the troublesome Route 16 intersection.

The contours of a month-long pilot program to explore how to speed commuter buses during the morning rush hour took a more definite shape earlier tonight.

But business owners, who have criticized the effort, were not visible at the second public meeting on the project.

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