MBTA spokeswoman Lydia Rivera said “Beginning in February, Charlie Cards will be available at North Station. Customers will receive their link pass on a Charlie Card.”
Just a horrible tragedy on Sunday at the Mansfield Commuter Rail stop as a northbound Amtrak Acela hit a 15 year old boy and killed him as his mother watched in horror. Commuters who take the Providence line can attest on how the Acela just appears in seconds as it flies by the local stations at speeds in excess of 130 mph.
Bus and trolley users in Pittsburgh are in shock as earlier this month as the Allegheny County Port Authority announced drastic cuts to transit service in the Pittsburgh metro area. Pittsburgh will eliminate 124 of 213 weekday bus routes starting June 24.
Boston is far from alone in rolling out smartcards for transit riders. USAToday looks at programs across the US that have done so including Seattle, Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles.
Riders on New York’s L subway line will soon be the best informed commuters in the system. L line will get real-time train arrival information, which will be displayed on electronic message boards on station platforms. The signs, which will get train locations from a network of onboard and track-side computers, will take the guessing game out of using the subways, officials said. Upgraded sound systems also have been installed in the stations on the Canarsie line.
A Chicago transit blog (CTA Tattler) looks at The exasperated motorman.
Finally on this Martin Luther King Day, Seattle’s “Bus Chick” looks back on his roll in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A very moving piece and reminds us of a day when transit riders were forced to city in the back of the bus as a matter of law.