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Kevin Greeley

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Greeley the morning of November 24.

Greeley delivering the support of the then Board of Selectmen (now Select Board) for the Mass. Ave. Project at a hearing convened by the Federal Highway Administration on February 26, 2013. ACMI

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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. Continue reading

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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Innovation Ave.

Four Lime Bikes in Arlington

A platoon of the new bike-share bicycles in Centennial Park in East Arlington on June 30.

Our sleepy town has suddenly become a hotbed of experimentation in transit and public space, raising both hopes and eyebrows.

A dockless bike-share system, Lime Bike, debuted last week, and the distinctive yellow-and-green two-wheelers can be found all along Mass. Ave.

For a month this fall Arlington will try out some changes to Mass. Ave. to speed buses on their way during the morning rush hour.

Further up Mass. Ave., in the center, Whittemore Park will see a 3-month trial run as a beer garden starting in a few weeks.

Only a faddish fool would say that all change is good, but isn’t openness to improving things something to celebrate? Continue reading

Sign of the Times

Source: MassDOT

Before the new default speed limit of 25 miles per hour goes into effect on May 1, the Town will post 16 of these signs at entry points to Arlington.

The new limit, authorized by Town Meeting last fall under a new state law, will apply to most, but not all, of the streets in town. It was adopted by the Board of Selectmen on February 27.

More information in this report, which I wrote last month.

The design of the sign, and the wording “Thickly Settled Speed Limit 25 Townwide Unless Otherwise Posted,” is specified by the state Department of Transportation.

The generic 25-mph sign I used to illustrate my report is not what we’ll see.

Arlington slows down

Speed Limit 25

The default speed limit town wide will drop to 25 miles per hour, from 30, on May 1, after a vote by the Board of Selectmen. Will it make a difference?

The new limits will apply generally to roads in town that do not have a posted limit. Route 2 is not affected.

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Arlington will seek Varnum crosswalk change

The Town of Arlington next week will request a second curb extension for the Mass. Ave. crosswalk where an East Arlington man died last month.

This curb cut would be modified ubto a bump out if MassDOT grants the request the Town  Manager plans to make on Monday.

This curb cut would be modified into a bump out if MassDOT grants the change order the Town Manager plans to request  on Monday.

Varnum St. is the only unsignalized crosswalk in the Mass. Ave project that is not designed to have bump-outs at both ends under current plans.

The change, which was requested by a neighborhood group, would add a bump-out at the curb cut laid last Friday in front of the Trinity baptists Church. The state Department of Transportation will rule on the request.

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Water-main repair

Road Closed

Road Closed: The view north on Henderson St. earlier this evening

This report is not at all about Mass. Ave. but when our water went out a little while ago I grabbed my camera and went out in the wet to see what I could. Continue reading

Center parking is topic of meeting, survey, study

Arlington Center parking will be the subject of a public meeting in Town Hall on January 9.

The forum, in the Town Hall Auditorium 5-8 pm, is part of an effort by the Town to assess possible improvements to parking. Continue reading

To my readers

WordPress, which hosts this blog, has started notifying me that you may occasionally see advertisements here, at the end of some blog posts.

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Neighbors for ‘A Better Mass. Ave.’

New web site has upbeat take, opposes stopping the project

New web site strikes a positive note of support for the Mass. Ave. project, but also a warming

Neighbors’ short endorsements of the Mass. Ave. plan are featured on a new web page.

The upbeat testimonials are the brain child of Chad Gibson of the East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition.

The site, A Better Mass Ave, is also the web headquarters of the Better Mass. Ave. Committee.

The group formed to urge a No vote on Question 1 at Town elections April 6.

The group warns that Yes a vote for Question 1 could forfeit $5 million of state and federal highway assistance.

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Selectmen refrain from adding new Mass. Ave ballot question

The Board of Selectmen this morning declined to place a second nonbinding Mass. Ave. question on the April 6 town-election ballot.

During the brief meeting Board Chair Kevin Greeley revealed that a staff member of the Federal Highway Administration was in the audience during Tuesday’s well-attended hearing on the Mass. Ave. design.

“She chose to stay in the audience so that they [FHWA] would not become the focus” of the hearing, Greeley said. Massachusetts DOT held the hearing at FHWA’s request.

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