Archive for the ‘Bus priority’ Tag

Bus lane gets Uber fees

Reinstatement of last fall’s morning-commute bus lane in East Arlington will be funded by $25,813.30 collected from ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Sign reading "No Stopping Bus Lane Monday - Friday 5AM-9AM

Town meeting appropriated the funds during the last night of Town meeting on May 15. Continue reading

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Select Board weighs safety measures as bus lane returns

BOARD SEEKS LAFAYETTE ST. MITIGATION

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

it went away but is coming back: the bus lane in East Arlington during the October pilot unsing the parking and bike lanes to speed bus transit.

The Arlington Select Board approved a plan this evening to restore the morning bus lane to an eastbound stretch of Mass. Ave. in East Arlington.

The bus lane would be permanent from the hours of 6 – 9 AM on weekdays.

The motion approving the plan also called for mitigation for the permanent removal of a bump out at the Lafayette Street crosswalk, and for a public meeting in East Arlington before the lane becomes operational again. Continue reading

Recommendation: Mass. Ave. Bus Lane Should Be Permanent

LANE COULD RETURN AS EARLY AS THIS SPRING
Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A 79 bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the pilot program. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

Paint, not traffic cones, would mark a permanent version of last fall’s temporary bus lane on Mass. Ave. under a proposal from the Town’s planning department made public earlier this week.

The morning bus lane tested for one month last fall was highly successful and should return permanently “as early as next spring” according to a recommendation this week by Daniel Amstutz, the Town’s senior transportation planner.

The Select Board will discuss the proposal at its February 25 meeting.

The proposal is silent on safety issues related to the crosswalk at Lafayette Street, where the Town removed a bump-out last fall to accommodate the bus-lane pilot.

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Arlington bus pilot featured

Arlington’s bus priority pilot program was featured with other Boston-area programs in a short video released last week by Streetfilms.

Boston Area Bus Pilots Move Region Closer to BRT from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

The upbeat film, and the bus programs featured, are discussed further at Streetsblog.

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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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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. Continue reading

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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