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Recent Posts from Miles on the MBTA

LRTA: 7 (Pawtucketville/UMass Lowell North)

Welcome back to the LRTA! I gotta say, we've got a pretty good route here with the 7. Could this be the best route on the system? Maybe! Wow...leafy! We began, like all LRTA routes (well, except that which must not be named), at the Kennedy Center. From there, we...

SRTA: NB 5 (Rivet Street)

We are finally done with this system! I have been continuously reviewing SRTA routes since...geez, since August???? Okay, I did not realize it's been that long. Basically, ever since I transitioned to Miles in Transit, every "MBTA" bus review has just been the darn...

Guide to the MBTA’s Better Bus Project Proposals

Totally out of nowhere, the MBTA has released its proposals for the bus network in the first phase of the Better Bus Project. These changes are meant to be easy targets that are cost-neutral, with the bigger fixes coming later down the line in Phase 2. Each route gets...

SRTA: NB 6 (Shawmut/Rockdale)

At this point, I had been riding the SRTA more or less continuously for 9 hours, so as you can imagine, I was exhausted. Ergo, I wasn't happy when for the second-to-last route, the SRTA decided to throw me this: So that's what we're up against. The NB 6. Ugh. Bad...

Guide to the RTAs’ Winter 2019 Service Changes

This went over really well when I did it for the MBTA, so let's try it for the RTAs! Each system changes its schedules at different times, so I'm not sure how often I'll do these round-up posts, but this one will cover any changes that are happening soon or have...

The Blog’s Sixth Anniversary!

A lot has happened in 2018. I've ridden the first trip of a new commuter rail line, conquered the bus from hell, and even changed domains and started writing about Philadelphia for some reason! As it stands, the vast majority of my viewership is still from...

SRTA: NB 3 (Dartmouth Street)

We're three routes away from finishing this darn system! Fittingly, our third-to-last review will be the 3, a route that calls itself "Dartmouth Street" but takes a pretty significant deviation away from it when it gets into New Bedford. "Big Value Plaza"! Now, I'm...

SRTA: NB 8 (Mount Pleasant)

The NB 8 is the same bus as the North End Shuttle, with every run on this route turning into a loop on that one before coming back. I really wish they made it more obvious that they use the same bus, but marketing them as two different routes does have one advantage:...

New North Station Pedestrian Tunnel!

Well...this was a surprise! No one really knew when the underground walkway between the subway and the Commuter Rail was going to open up, but the most recent rumor had been that it was slated to open tomorrow. I guess they decided to do it a day early, though,...

New Battery-Electric Buses on the Silver Line!

Hot off the heels of new Green Line trains, the Silver Line has begun phasing in a new addition to its fleet. Last night was the inaugural run of battery-electric buses on the SL3 - unlike the current dual-mode buses, which have to change from electric wire to diesel...

SRTA: North End Shuttle

I hold SRTA to a reasonably high regard in my head. I think it's one of the better RTAs in Massachusetts. That said...the North End Shuttle is a disaster. No number, just..."North End Shuttle". The route begins at Fieldstone Marketplace, then it deviates to a Stop...

SRTA: NB 11 (Fairhaven)

Time for an SRTA route that actually goes somewhere! Today, we'll be taking the NB 11 out of New Bedford into Fairhaven, which is...a town. That has a very deviation-filled bus route. Ouch. Not my best photo. Now, there is a very convenient bridge straight into...

SRTA: NB 2 (Lund’s Corner)

This is more like it! I was able to get one of the NB 2 trips that serves Melville Towers - an occurrence that happens only once every two hours. Of course, this is only one of a few random extra deviations that happen on this route, and the rest happen...