Archive for the ‘Varnum’ Tag

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

Advertisements

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.

Continue reading

Mass. Ave. traffic claims another life

William Dotson, a 91-year-old WWII veteran well known in his neighborhood, died on March 22 after being struck by a car while in the Varnum St. crosswalk on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington.

The Varnum St. Crosswalk yesterday from the sidewalk in front of the Trinity Baptist Church in East Arlington. Varnum St. is on the right.

The Varnum St. Crosswalk yesterday from the sidewalk in front of the Trinity Baptist Church in East Arlington. Varnum St. is on the right.

Continue reading

Safer pedestrian crossings

In an apparent response to public comments, the latest (August 2010) plan for Mass. Ave. would make four unsignalized pedestrian crossings safer.

One item in the pedestrian-safety bag of tricks is extending the curb into the parking lane at pedestrian crossings. These bump-outs have the following benefits:

Proposed bump-outs

  • The crossing distance is shorter curb to curb
  • Pedestrians stand on a raised surface that is nearly even with the traffic-side edge of parked cars, where they are more visible to drivers
  • It’s really clear that a pedestrian standing on a bump-out is crossing the street, not just hanging out
  • Traffic responds by slowing down at crossings
  • Cars are physically prevented from blocking the cross walk (unless they double park at one) by parking illegally there.

Continue reading