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Recent Posts from Miles on the MBTA

Goodbye, Lechmere

Goodbye, Lechmere

Over seven years ago, I opened up my Lechmere review by saying that it was a station on its last legs. Seven years later, those legs have finally crumbled: yesterday was the 98-year-old terminal's last hurrah, with the station now in the process of getting demolished...

GATRA: Bellingham South Shuttle

GATRA: Bellingham South Shuttle

Well, we've covered the North Shuttle, now it's time to head south! The Dial-A-Ride vehicle returns. While the North Shuttle acts as a park-and-ride route for northern Bellingham, the South Shuttle has ulterior motives: it runs from Forge Park to almost the Rhode...

GATRA: Bellingham North Shuttle

GATRA: Bellingham North Shuttle

Oh YES! THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF GATRA!!!!! And this is a side of our favorite RTA not seen quite as often on here: commuter routes with HORRIBLE ridership! Welcome to the Bellingham North Shuttle! Oh, of course it uses Dial-A-Ride vehicles. I suppose it's not a...

WRTA: 8 (Park Avenue Connector)

WRTA: 8 (Park Avenue Connector)

The WRTA loves to take one bus and use it to single-handedly run some sort of "bonus route" on the system. For a while this took the form of a downtown shuttle, whether it was the small free loop of the 80 or the larger un-free loop of the 40. Eventually realizing...

BRTA: 21X (Pittsfield/Great Barrington)

BRTA: 21X (Pittsfield/Great Barrington)

Yes, this is the end of our BRTA adventures for now. I know there are two night routes I still have to do, but they're near-impossible unless I can find a place to stay out there, so for now, we're gonna be taking the 21X back out into the hinterlands to finish our...

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BRTA: 12/14 (Southeast Loop)

BRTA: 12/14 (Southeast Loop)

Unlike the rather rural 5, the BRTA has deemed that the 12/14, a loop serving the southeast area of Pittsfield, is worthy of bidirectional service! Wow, people, this is huge: you can go both ways around this loop. I'm sure we're dealing with a ridership powerhouse...

BRTA: 5 (Pittsfield/Lanesboro)

BRTA: 5 (Pittsfield/Lanesboro)

I was hoping that the whole Corona quarantine rendering me a housebound worm would at least spur me to write more (a "productive worm"), but it seems like it's instead encouraging me to mindlessly watch a bunch of YouTube videos (a "worm worm"). So, uh, bear with me...

Guide to the MBTA’s Spring 2020 Service Changes

Guide to the MBTA’s Spring 2020 Service Changes

Thanks for releasing your service changes during midterm season, MBTA! They put these out two Saturdays ago (they go into effect March 15th) and I'm only just getting to them now. And because we're not in Better Bus season anymore, I get the feeling this might be a...

BRTA: 15 (West Pittsfield/Lebanon Ave)

BRTA: 15 (West Pittsfield/Lebanon Ave)

The 16 interlines straight into the 15, so I wasn't able to get a proper shot of the bus! Shoot. I had to get creative. We headed out from the ITC onto the highway-like Center Street, passing some suburban businesses before turning onto Housatonic Street, whose retail...

BRTA: 16 (Allendale Shopping Plaza/Crane Ave)

BRTA: 16 (Allendale Shopping Plaza/Crane Ave)

Yikes, Crane Ave is the main street on the 16, and it offers pretty much nothing transit-oriented aside from one apartment complex. That's the breaks when you're running a system as rural as the BRTA, I guess... Minibus time! The initial section on North Street was...

BRTA: 11 (Berkshire Community College)

BRTA: 11 (Berkshire Community College)

Alright, the 11 is short and sweet, so let's just get into it. Boarding at the terminal. This route heads straight west from the ITC, meaning we didn't have to deal with downtown Pittsfield at all. We made our way straight onto College Way, which turned into the...

BRTA: 4 (Pittsfield/Dalton/Hinsdale)

BRTA: 4 (Pittsfield/Dalton/Hinsdale)

Oh my gosh, what the heck were they thinking with this route and all its inbound-only deviations? "YOU get an inbound-only deviation, and YOU get an inbound-only deviation. EVERYBODY GETS INBOUND-ONLY DEVIATIONS!!!!!!!!" Needless to say, the outbound 4 trip to...