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Recent Posts from Miles on the MBTA

FRTA: 41 (Charlemont/Greenfield)

FRTA: 41 (Charlemont/Greenfield)

Welcome to the most rural route that the FRTA operates! The 41, the system's westernmost route, runs out to a tiny town called Charlemont that I wouldn't have heard of if the 41 didn't end there. Also, it only runs four times per day... The minibus comes rolling in....

FRTA: 21 (Greenfield Community)

FRTA: 21 (Greenfield Community)

Okay...time to do the 20, but in the opposite direction! Yeah, sorry if the 21 ends up being a bit redundant... Yikes, what an unflattering angle. So we headed straight up Federal Street, leaving downtown Greenfield pretty quickly in favor of more suburban businesses...

GUEST POST: Grafton

GUEST POST: Grafton

Ben sent in his take on the Grafton Commuter Rail station. Thanks, Ben! Grafton station. It's a nice little station on the Worcester line. The station itself is in the middle of absolute nowhere, near the Shrewsbury town line, off of State Route 30. The station is in...

FRTA: 20 (GreenLink Connector)

FRTA: 20 (GreenLink Connector)

Okay, "GreenLink Connector", huh? Makes it sound like some sort of frequent Greenfield shuttle. That would be great! A route connecting up major points in Greenfield that runs frequently all day! So, I'm just checking the schedule for the 20 now: let's see, it...

GUEST POST: RIPTA: 24x (Newport/Fall River/Providence)

GUEST POST: RIPTA: 24x (Newport/Fall River/Providence)

Jules rode RIPTA's new 24x route recently. Here are his thoughts: If you caught Miles’s recent post about the fall changes at the RTAs in southern New England, you may have been surprised to learn that RIPTA was tacking on an interstate express route connecting...

FRTA: 32 (Orange/Greenfield)

FRTA: 32 (Orange/Greenfield)

Our FRTA saga begins! For those who don't know, the FRTA covers Franklin County, the least dense county in Massachusetts, with a hub in Greenfield. It is a very rural system, and that makes it a really interesting one to review. We begin with its route that runs the...

MART: Boston Shuttle

MART: Boston Shuttle

The Boston Shuttle. This thing is a beast. You may remember my angry review of the Worcester Shuttle, which boasted an insane boarding procedure requiring passengers to give the driver their names, a minibus with absolutely no signage, and a schedule that was...

MART: Littleton – Westford Commuter Rail Shuttle

MART: Littleton – Westford Commuter Rail Shuttle

The route that's furthest back in my backlog is one that I wanted to save to be the last MART route I review. I was all set to write it up, and then...they added this. So before I can talk about that route, I have to talk about the Littleton - Westford Commuter Rail...

The Unofficial MBTA Bathroom Map!

The Unofficial MBTA Bathroom Map!

I was with my friend on the Red Line leaving Ashmont. "I have to use the bathroom," they said. And I...had no idea where any bathrooms were. I knew there was one at South Station, but were there any before that? "If only someone had made a map showing all of the...

Guide to the RTAs’ Fall 2019 Service Changes

Guide to the RTAs’ Fall 2019 Service Changes

Time to tackle the Massachusetts RTAs! Not every system is incorporating changes, and not all of those changes are groundbreaking, but there's some cool stuff in here. If you're short on time, head down to RIPTA, which is doing the coolest thing. BATNothing. BRTAThey...

Wollaston

Wollaston

There have been too many openings this week! First the new Orange Line cars, and now, after a year and a half of Yankee shuttles, Wollaston has finally reopened. If you don't feel like reading the whole post, I'll just say that it's a great station and a huge...

New MBTA Orange Line Cars!

New MBTA Orange Line Cars!

They're here. They're in service. Yes, they're delayed by who knows how many months, but that's not what we're here to talk about! I took the inaugural ride on these new trains, taking photos and many pedantic notes, and now it's time to present my findings. How do...