The first of the long-awaited new MBTA Orange Line trains debuted on Wednesday afternoon. It performed three round trips, which drew plenty of excitement -- and derision around the city. There was one train with six cars that left from Wellington Station exciting riders...and made its way back to the station in the afternoon...thus, teasing expectant riders. There will be 152 new Orange Line cars when all is said and other cars are currently undergoing testing. Presently, there are 120 Orange Line cars, so the fleet is increasing, and that will increase the capacity of the line by 30,000 seats daily.
Is it only a matter of time before a pedestrian, bicyclist, driver or passenger dies in an accident in the Forest Hills area that could've been avoided? After a Boston Police officer was hit while working a detail on Monday, residents, city councilors and the MBTA are pushing hard to make the area safer. Thankfully, it appears the officer did not suffer life threatening injuries after a dump truck collided with a van, which then hit the vehicle the officer was in at Ukraine Way and Hyde Park Avenue, reported WCVB. Local resident Kyle Vining has witnessed safety issues in the Forest Hills area, and has complained to the city to improve the area since at least 2016. Vining tweeted after the accident:
"My heart is heavy and my spirit is sad today to hear that a @bostonpolice officer was struck today at the very intersection I have been complaining to @BostonBTD and @marty_walsh to fix for the last 3 years since I moved to Forest Hills."
You would think that one of the major MBTA stations, a hub of transportation for the area if you will, would have a Bluebikes station. But alas, Forest Hills doesn't currently have a station for anyone to get on a bicycle and pedal away. Bluebikes is a public bicycling sharing system and there are more than 260 Bluebikes stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, with more than 2,500 shareable bicycles. But currently there isn't a station at Forest Hills. Currently, the nearest Bluebikes stations to Forest Hills are located at Williams and Washington streets (about .5 mile away); Curtis Hall (about .6 mile away); and Archdale Road and Washington Street in Roslindale (.8 mile away).
Tuesday in the Parlor - A Deep Dive into the Orange Line with Jeremy Fox and Andrew Elder
Tuesday April 9th, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Back at the Loring Greenough House by popular demand, Jeremy Fox and Andrew Elder, authors of Boston's Orange Line, will be back in the neighborhood where the elevated Orange Line had such an impact. Join us for a lecture and Q&A about all things MBTA Orange Line. Jeremy C. Fox is a writer, editor, and online producer for the Boston Globe and a previous staff writer for the Watertown Tab. His writing has appeared in the Bay State Banner, the Boston Phoenix, Film Threat, the Gay and Lesbian Review, the Jamaica Plain Gazette, Time Out, the Weekly Dig, and other publications. Andrew Elder is Interim University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections in the Healey Library at UMass Boston and is co-chair of the Board of Directors for The History Project, a community-based archives that documents, preserves, and shares the history of Boston’s LGBTQ communities.
It's been close to a decade since the MBTA made significant changes to its bus network, but changes are coming, and they'd like to hear from you about the proposed changes. The Better Bus Project was created to provide "long-overdue changes" to "update and modernize existing routes." The goal is to create a bus network that will provide more frequent and reliable service, as well as better connect riders to today's Greater Boston area. There are 47 proposals that would affect 63 routes, but there is only one major one that would affect bus lines servicing inside of Jamaica Plain. There is a proposal to combine the 34 and 34E bus routes into one route. The proposed line would include new service to Legacy Place.