Cancelled: August Transit Advisory Committee
August TAC meeting - Cancelled

The TAC and City staff have cancelled the August TAC meeting scheduled for August 7. We look forward to seeing you at TAC meetings in September and October.
Upcoming TAC meetings

Transit Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. We welcome comments from the public during two public comment periods at the beginning and end of every TAC meeting.

September 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM
October 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Transit service updates
Update! - More rush hour service on Red Line today, return to regular service on August 15

As a result of a Red Line derailment in early June, the MBTA is running fewer trains per hour than typical. On July 19, the MBTA stated that they are currently operating about 10 trains every hour, about a train every 6 minutes in Cambridge, with more service during the AM and PM peak hours. Prior to the derailment, the MBTA ran 14 Red Line trains per hour in peak hours, about a train every 4 to 5 minutes in Cambridge. The MBTA also stated that they expect the Red Line to return to regular service by Thursday, August 15.
Harvard busway reconstruction - stop locations shifted & busway closures

As of June 23rd, the MBTA has shutdown one level of the Harvard station busway for a reconstruction project. The reconstruction began with the upper level of the busway and will be followed by the lower level.

Bus riders on Routes 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 79, 86, and 96 should pay attention to changing bus stop locations throughout the project.

Routes 71 and 73
Riders on Routes 71 and 73 now board and exit passengers at temporary bus stops on Mount Auburn Street near Brattle Square. Buses do not travel into the busway or serve the Mass Ave at Waterhouse Street stop.

At the Waterhouse Street stop, passengers can board any route 72, 74, 75, 77, 78, or 96 bus to Harvard Square to the Eliot St stop then walk to Mount Auburn at Story St to connect to routes 71 or 73.

Routes 72, 74, 75, 72/75, 77, 78, and 96
Riders travelling away from Harvard Square on Massachusetts and Concord Avenues now board buses on the lower level of the Harvard busway tunnel.

Riders travelling to Harvard Square now exit buses at temporary bus stops on Brattle Street.

Route 86
Riders travelling toward Sullivan Square now board and exit buses on the lower level of the tunnel. As construction progresses, pay attention to changing bus berth locations.

Riders travelling toward Reservoir board and exit buses at street level on Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle and Eliot Streets.

Routes 1, 66, 68, 69
Riders travelling on these routes will see no changes to boarding locations; however, riders should pay attention to changes in boarding locations for trips with connections to other bus routes.
Escalator and elevator closures
The MBTA has closed the following escalator:
  • Central - Up from the Alewife platform to street level for maintenance
  • *New* Harvard - Down from Harvard Square to mezzanine

The MBTA has closed the following elevators:
  • Central - #861 - between the Ashmont/Braintree platform and street level - through summer 2019 for replacement
  • Harvard - #973 - between the main lobby and street level - through end of 2019 for replacement
  • Alewife - #813 - between the platform and main lobby - through summer 2019 for replacement
MBTA launches one-stop webpage for weekend service changes

The MBTA now has a website devoted for information on weekend service changes that result from repairs and upgrades.
Actions & events
Vacancies on several city commissions and boards

The City seeks members of the Cambridge community to participate in several boards and commissions. The following commissions and and boards are accepting applications:
  • Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Open Data Review Board
Safe Streets High School Video Competition

MassDOT invites all Massachusetts High School students to write and produce a one minute video with a call to action for what you, your friends, your family, and/or your local community need to do in order to see a world where there are no pedestrian or bicyclist injuries or fatalities. The contest features two entry categories – a freshman/sophomore category and a junior/senior category. A grand prize and runner-up will be selected in each category.

View the full submission guidelines and prizes . The deadline to submit entries is October 4. Winning videos from previous year’s contests can be found at  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/roadway-safety-video-previous-winners .
Lunchtime Walks

Join the Community Development Department & the Women’s Commission for lunchtime walks this summer! All walks start at 12 PM and last approximately 45 minutes.

August 7: Community Development in Cambridge.   Meet at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.

Join staff from our Environmental & Transportation Planning Division for a walk through Central Square to learn about the Western Avenue Cycle Track, River Street Reconstruction, the MLK / Putnam Ave Upper School green building, the cycling ordinance, separated bike lanes on Mass Ave & Mount Auburn Street, and the new green building at Mass Ave & Clinton Street!
Senior CharlieCard Registration

Friday, August 16, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue

Register for a discounted Senior CharlieCard. You must be 65 or older to register. Please bring a picture ID showing your date of birth. The MBTA will send you a discounted CharlieCard by mail in 6 to 8 weeks.  More information .

Reduced Senior CharlieCard fares are:
  • Bus - $0.85 per one-way trip
  • Subway - $1.10 per one-way trip
  • LinkPass - $30 per monthly pass
  • Ferry & Commuter Rail - 50% off regular distance-based fares and passes
Transit news
MBTA Red Line derailment continues to impact commutes with delays, political frustration
Advocates call for reduced fare for low-income population
Advocates continued a call for a low-income fare after the July 1 fare increase.
General Court holding hearings with Governor proposing legislation to improve Commonwealth's transportation
In July, the General Court, governor and state transportation officials have been evaluating policies and programs to improve transportation with problems at both the MBTA and Registry of Motor Vehicles providing an impetus for hearings and proposed legislation. In late July, the governor proposed an $18 billion bond bill with $5.7 billion dedicated to MBTA projects.

August meetings
Planning Board Meeting 8/6/2019, 6:30 PM
2F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Planning Board Meeting 8/13/2019, 6:30 PM
2F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen

Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.

125 Sixth St

Note: No Transit Advisory, Pedestrian, or Bicycle committee meetings this month