September Transit Advisory Committee
September TAC meeting - New Venue | MIT Stata Center

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.
Attending the September TAC Meeting?
LOCATION
MIT Stata Center, Room 32-144, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

DATE AND TIME
09/04/19 5:30pm - 09/04/19 7:30pm

September Transit Advisory Committee meeting at MIT Stata Center
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Upcoming TAC meetings

We welcome comments from the public during two public comment periods at the beginning and end of every TAC meeting. Agendas are posted online and are included in each Transit Bulletin e-mail newsletter. Future meetings of the TAC are as follows:

October 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM | MIT Stata Center
November 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM | MIT Stata Center
December 4,2019 at 5:30 PM | Citywide Senior Center
Transit service updates
New ! - Several bus routes changing on Sunday, September 1

As a result of the MBTA Better Bus Project, the MBTA will make a number of changes to the bus network on Sunday, September 1. The only change in Cambridge will be the elimination of the weekday-only Route CT1 and replacement with additional service on Route 1.
The MBTA will make major service changes, like destination changes, routing changes, or eliminations, on the following routes: CT1, 4, 5, 16, 34/34E, 44, 59, 89, 90, 92, 95, 106, 111, 120, 134, 411, 424, 428, 435, 441, 442, 448, 449, 501, 502, 503, and 504.

In addition, the MBTA will make minor service changes, like adjustments on departure times, on the following routes: CT2, SL1, SL4, 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 30, 31, 36, 42, 45, 47, 55, 57, 60, 64, 66, 86, 91, 93, 97, 99, 100, 101, 104, 105, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114, 116, 117, 119, 131, 132, 136, 137, 325, 326, 426, 429, 430, 436, 439, 450, 451, 456, and 465.
The MBTA plans to implement the remaining changes proposed in the Better Bus Project later this year during the winter schedule change in December. Among many other changes in the region, the following bus routes in Cambridge are scheduled to have additional changes in December:
  • Route 1
  • Route 64
  • Routes 70/70A
  • Routes 72, 74, 75
More updates! - Red Line service closer to normal today, return to regular service in October

As a result of a Red Line derailment in early June, the MBTA is running fewer trains per hour, with less frequency, and at somewhat limited speeds than typical. On August 9, the MBTA stated that it has restored more service to the Red Line; during the AM and PM peak hours, you can expect a train to arrive every 5 to 6 minutes. Prior to the derailment, the MBTA ran the Red Line with a service of every 4 to 5 minutes in Cambridge. The MBTA stated that full regular service with no delays is expected after restoration work is completed sometime in October. The MBTA also stated that riders may see incremental service improvements between today and October.
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.
Escalator and elevator closures

The MBTA has closed the following escalators:
  • Central - #360 - Up from the Alewife platform to street level for maintenance

The MBTA has closed the following elevators:
  • Alewife - #813 - between the platform and main lobby - through summer 2019 for replacement. Alternate route available using Alewife elevator #961.
  • Central - #861 - between the Ashmont/Braintree platform and street level - through summer 2019 for replacement. No alternate route available - passengers needing to use elevator should board/exit at Kendall/MIT or Harvard stations for access.
  • Harvard - #821 - between the main lobby and street level - through end of 2019 for replacement. Alternate route available using Harvard elevator #973.
  • Porter - #987 - between the main lobby and platforms - for maintenance. Adjacent elevator #983 to access main lobby and platforms.
Actions & events
Tell us how River Street works (or doesn't work) for you today

The River Street Reconstruction project will refresh outdated infrastructure above and below the street surface. Tell us your perceptions and thoughts about River Street today. Your answers will inform how the City designs the street and the City will compare responses before and after reconstruction. This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
Update!- Carl Barron Plaza design charrettes rescheduled

Please note that we have decided to reschedule the engagement in Carl Barron Plaza that had been planned for Saturday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 17th . More detailed engagement activities on the future design of the plaza will likely occur later in the fall . In the meantime, we will be continuing interactive outreach about the River Street project and working with our partners to continue to gather input on Carl Barron Plaza until the process is at a point where we can discuss the design in more detail with the public. This does not change our overall project schedule.
PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 20
All around Cambridge

Join us for the Official City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration as we transform 150 parking spots into engaging and creative community spaces.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where residents, artists, and activists come together to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces -- temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!  More information .
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 4th. Winners from previous year’s contests can be found at  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/roadway-safety-video-previous-winners .
Transit Employment Opportunities
Transit Planner - MassDOT
MassDOT's Office of Transportation Planning is hiring a position in the Transit Planning group which undertakes a range of planning activities in support of the MBTA. The group currently is focused on MBTA Rail Vision, MBTA Bus Network Redesign, Green Line Corridor Study, Alewife and Systemwide Parking Analysis, and Red-Blue Connector Update. The Transportation Program Planner II position would be a junior position within the group, but one with significant upside potential to take on increasingly important tasks pending performance.
Bus Traffic Signal Systems Fellow - MBTA

The Bus Traffic Signal Systems Fellow will play a critical role supporting the MBTA and municipalities in developing and integrating the MBTA's transit siglan priority system into existing or planned traffic signal networks and working with the MBTA and municipalities on other bus transit supportive signal improvements.

This position is project-specific and limited to June 2021. Employment beyond the two-year term is left to the discertion of the MBTA.
Transit news
MBTA Red Line derailment continues to delay commutes, elected officials and advocates express frustration with state of MBTA
Though the MBTA has completed of many the necessary repairs from the June Red Line derailment incident, the MBTA estimates full restoration will not come until October. Pressure mounts on the Commonwealth's elected and public officials to hurry Red Line repairs and maintaining a state of good repair at the MBTA. Boston.com created a timeline of the events since the Red Line derailment.
MBTA announces "Building a better T" accelerated schedule for system upgrades
Governor releases report on state of congestion in the Commonwealth
The Baker administration published a congestion study in early August, showing the Commonwealth's economic development being held back by congestion, especially in metropolitan Boston.
MBTA shows off first of the new Orange Line trains
The MBTA had a launch event for the first of new Orange Line trains that will be coming online over the next few years. Many riders are excited about the new vehicles, so much so, that a local software engineer created a website to visualize in real time where the new trains on the Green, Orange, and Red lines are located. Click here to visit the new train website.
LivableStreets highlighted as a model multimodal transportation advocacy organization in the region
Scout Cambridge writes about the work of LivableStreets advocating for transportation as a social justice issue.
September meetings
Planning Board Meeting 9/3/2019, 6:30 PM
2F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Bicycle Committee Meeting 9/11/2019, 5:30 PM
4F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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

Planning Board Meeting 9/17/2019, 6:30 PM
2F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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

Planning Board Meeting 9/24/2019, 6:30 PM
2F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Pedestrian Committee Meeting 9/26/2019, 6:00 PM
4F Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116