Rockport

25 Jun 19
Boston Herald
Governor Charlie baker today announced a plan to speed up repairs and improvements on the MBTA that will include night and weekend track closures and increased inspections to head off equipment failures, among other steps. Baker announced the plan Tuesday at the Wellington MBTA yard in Medford. The five part approach will include developing a more aggressive schedule of evening and weekend closures on the system to facilitate repairs, an increased equipment inspection schedule, negotiations with manufacturers  for quicker access to replacement equipment, and a dedicated team at the MBTA to push the repair agenda. Baker’s office also said it would seek changes in state law in order to allow other steps such “as flexible procurement and project delivery approaches,” as the agency proceeds with his $8 Billion capital improvement plan. “This acceleration plan will allow the T to continue its investments at a faster pace, with greater focus on service improvements to provide a safe, reliable means of transportation that supports our economy, and gets people where they need to go.”  said Baker in a release about the plan. The push to improve the pace off improvements comes two weeks after a derailment on the Red Line caused a major disruption on the morning commute and damaged track and signal equipment that will take the full summer to repair. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board yesterday announced formation of an outside  safety review panel with members including former Obama administration Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as well as past Federal Transit Administration acting chief Carolyn Flowers and former New York City Transit head Carmen Bianco to look into all of the T’s operational safety procedures. The safety review, and Baker’s accelerated repair program come after a Red Line train car jumped the track June 11 on the Braintree line at the JFK/UMass station and caused lasting damage to infrastructure. That failure came just a few days after a Green Line trolley going too fast derailed and injured 11 people on board. Five in-service trains have gone off the rails this year, and 13 in the past two years. The following projects are among the lines subject to repair and off-hours service diversions: Green Line D Branch (select weekends between August and September): for track renewal and signal upgrades; Green Line C Branch (weekends between June and August): for maintenance crews, and construction contractors to work on roadway grade crossings, tracks and switches; Orange Line (weeknights ongoing through August): for capital maintenance and track renewal between Wellington and Oak Grove by contractors and MBTA forces; Rockport Commuter Rail Line (bridge closure through June): to facilitate replacement of the Gloucester Drawbridge; Green Line D Branch (weeknights through December): for track renewal and signal upgrades; Orange Line (weekends during August and September): for capital maintenance and track renewal along the Southwest Corridor of the Orange Line; Fitchburg and Lowell Commuter Rail Lines (weekends through September): in support of the Green Line Extension project; Needham Commuter Rail Line (weekends during August and September): to support the Positive Train Control project. ·       Additionally, Baker said the the T will begin to map out an even more aggressive schedule of shutdowns for the 2020 construction season by building expanded evening and weekend work windows into upcoming contracts. — Developing [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]  
25 Jun 19
because i said

We woke to sunlight reflected from the seawater beneath our window and dancing on the ceiling above our bed. Yellow and blue lobster traps were stacked above the sea wall opposite, like a seaside condo development. The sight that greeted us on our first morning in Rockport. Rockport can also look like this. That was […]

25 Jun 19
Enduring Gloucester

The Art of Winslow Wilson/Pico Miran opened on June 8 at RAA&M and will remain on view until July 8, 2019 by Peter Anastas During the summers of 1956 and ‘57, I had my first job in journalism editing the Cape Ann Summer Sun, a weekly eight-page supplement to the Gloucester Daily Times. Drawn to […]

25 Jun 19
Indiana Transportation History

Early in the history of the state of Indiana, the General Assembly made it a point to flood the chamber with laws concerning the creation of transportation facilities. It would be, partly, due to this flooding that a) the state would go bankrupt and b) the state would ultimately write a new Constitution in 1851. […]