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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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Bus Priority Plan Gets Second Hearing

Bus riders, your time may finally come.

The 77 bus leaving the Arlington Heights busway.

Photo courtesy Pi.14159265358979

The plan to test ways to speed bus traffic on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington is advancing to its second community meeting, on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 PM at Town Hall.

What’s At Stake

Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists got some relief from the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington, but Mass. Ave. bus riders routinely see 20-minute delays inbound during the morning peak.

Among other things, the delays lead to reductions in overall service volumes, since fewer buses complete their runs per hour as a result.

The tests are scheduled be carried out in the month of October and may include bus lanes, signal changes, and other temporary changes to the layout of the road. Continue reading

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