June Transit Advisory Committee
6/5: Cambridge Transit Project Updates
We hope you will join us for the May Transit Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday June 5 at 5:30 PM at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave. City of Cambridge staff will present the latest on local projects and facilitate a workshop on the transit strategic plan.

Please note, that this meeting will take place in a second floor classroom. Elevators are available for those who need assistance to reach the second floor.
June TAC meeting
LOCATION
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

DATE AND TIME
06/05/19 5:30pm - 06/05/19 7:30pm

City of Cambridge staff will provide updates on local projects.
Yes, I'll be there!
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No, I can't make it
Schedule of upcoming TAC meetings

City staff and the members of the Transit Advisory Committee have cancelled the July 2019 TAC meeting.

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday August 7.
Transit service updates
New! Harvard Busway Reconstruction - Stop Locations Shifted & Busway Closures

Beginning in June, the MBTA will shutdown one level of the Harvard station busway for a reconstruction project. The reconstruction will begin with the Upper Level of the busway 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 will board and exit buses at temporary bus stops on Mount Auburn Street near Brattle Square. Buses will not travel into the busway.

Routes 72, 74, 75, 72/75, 77, 78, and 96
Riders travelling away from Harvard Square on Massachusetts and Concord Avenues will board buses at temporary bus berths on the open level of the tunnel. This will begin as the Lower Level of the busway. As construction progresses, pay attention to changing bus berth locations.

Riders travelling to Harvard Square will exit buses at a temporary bus stop on Brattle Street.

Route 86
Riders travelling toward Sullivan Square will board and exit buses on the level of the tunnel that is open. This will begin as the Lower Level of the busway. As construction progresses, pay attention to changing bus berth locations.

Riders travelling toward Reservoir will 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.
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
Comment on MassDOT's capital investment program update
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the State's Capital Investment Program. The Capital Investment Program guides the Commonwealth's investments in transportation infrastructure from 2020 to 2024.

MassDOT's CIP web page is www.mass.gov/cip

If you cannot make a meeting public comments will be accepted via email until 5pm on June 7 at  masscip@state.ma.us .
Take the Cambridge health survey

Help the City of Cambridge learn more about the health concerns, needs, and strengths of our community by taking the 2019  Cambridge Health Survey , which is available in multiple languages. Your input is anonymous and will be used to help us understand the health needs and concerns of the city as we work to make Cambridge a Healthy City for All. 

In 2019, the Health Department will conduct its second comprehensive assessment of the city to better understand and prioritize the health needs of the community. Results from the 2019 Cambridge Community Health Assessment will shape future programs and policies through a new Community Health Improvement Plan, the City’s five-year health agenda.

For more information, visit  CambridgeMA.gov/CambridgeHealthSurvey .
Come out for River Festival

On June 1, Cambridge Arts will welcome tens of thousands of festival goers to the heart of Cambridge for an exuberant celebration of the arts. 

The festival will feature  staged and roving performances hands-­on art-making , a  Climate Action Extravaganza , a  Mermaid Promenade , and more than a hundred  artists and food vendors  with work for sale. The Cambridge Arts River Festival is FREE and open to all!

For more information, visit  CambridgeMA.gov/RiverFestival
Submit ideas for Participatory Budgeting June 1 to July 31

The City of Cambridge is once again inviting residents to submit project ideas to improve Cambridge as part of its sixth Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the capital budget. Volunteer Budget Delegates will help develop the best ideas into concrete proposals to be voted on by the community in December.

For this next process, the City will set aside $1,000,000 for capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include a public toilet in Central Square, musical instruments for CRLS, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, solar panels for the Main Library roof, water bottle fill stations, and many others.

For more information, visit pb.cambridgema.gov .
Transit news
Massachusetts politicians and advocates opine on ways to increase funding to transportation
Politicians and advocates have started discussing ways to increase funding for transportation with an emphasis on public transportation.

Advocates debate bus electrification
Advocates debate the way that the MBTA could electrify its bus network with environmental advocates disappointed in the MBTA's lack of committment for battery-electric bus procurement while transit advocates support new trackless-trolley technologies.

MBTA to pilot Silver Line shortcut
The MBTA is proposing to change the routing of two Silver Line routes during peak hours.

June Meetings
Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Community Art Center, 119 Windsor St

Planning Board Meeting 6/4/2019 6:30 PM
2F Meeting Room, 344 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Manning Apartments Community Room, 237 Franklin St

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Meet at First Baptist Church, 5 Magazine St

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Bicycle Committee 6/12/2019, 6:00 PM
4F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

BB&N Administrative Building, 46 Belmont St, Watertown, MA

CRLS Cafeteria, 459 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

125 Sixth St

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Conference Rooms 1, 2, 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Pedestrian Committee Meeting 6/27/2019, 6:00 PM
4F Conference Room, 344 Broadway