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Recent Posts from Miles on the MBTA

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...

BRTA: 3 (Williamstown/North Adams)

BRTA: 3 (Williamstown/North Adams)

Another North Adams-based shuttle, although this one is much straighter. Today we're heading to the northwesternmost point of Massachusetts on the 3! The minibus boarding at North Adams's colored shelter. From the Main Street bus stop in North Adams, we looped around...

BRTA: 34 (North Adams Loop)

BRTA: 34 (North Adams Loop)

And here's how you get from the North Adams Walmart end of the 1 to North Adams proper. Is the 34 a direct shuttle route that lessens the pain from having to transfer from the 1 just to get to downtown North Adams? Or is it an all-over-the-place mess? Uh-oh. I'll say...

BRTA: 1 (North Adams/Pittsfield)

BRTA: 1 (North Adams/Pittsfield)

Okay, that's kind of a lie, though...the 1 goes as far as the Walmart in North Adams. It's technically in North Adams, but it's pretty darn far from anything else in the city. But this is the BRTA's only link from the northern part of its system to Pittsfield, so...

BRTA: 2 (Pittsfield/Lee)

BRTA: 2 (Pittsfield/Lee)

Time to continue our trip into Pittsfield! There was a timed connection between the 21 and the truck minibus running on the 2, so we can begin this shindig right away... Oof, not a great angle. Coming down the hill from the Lee Premium Outlets, our...

The Longest Bus Ride in America

The Longest Bus Ride in America

My friend Nathan and I have just completed (well, sorta - read more to find out) the longest bus ride in America: Greyhound Schedule 1675 from New York City to Los Angeles. We live-Tweeted the whole thing, and it is truly an experience. From the highest highs (the...

226 (Columbian Square – Braintree Station)

226 (Columbian Square – Braintree Station)

Day two of new MBTA routes, and we're heading down to Braintree to ride the first 226 ever! Oh wait...the first trip leaves before the first Red Line train gets there. Huh, okay, hang on... Day two of new routes, and we're heading down to Braintree to ride the second...

61 (North Waltham – Waltham Center)

61 (North Waltham – Waltham Center)

Isn't it great that this service change fell on a Sunday? Since the 226 doesn't run on Sundays, I'm able to get day-one reviews of both that and the other (seven-days-a-week) new route introduced this rating that we'll be talking about today: the 61. Perfect! The last...

Holbrook/Randolph

Holbrook/Randolph

Why is my last ever Commuter Rail station review of Holbrook/Randolph, a station that's less than 15 miles from Boston, gets served by every single Middleborough/Lakeville Line train, and has connections to two, count 'em, two local bus routes? The world may never...

BRTA: 21 (Lee/Great Barrington)

BRTA: 21 (Lee/Great Barrington)

Despite reviewing the BRTA's hub at Pittsfield first, my friend and I didn't actually start our day there. Instead we parked at Fairgrounds Plaza, the first stop of the 21, which we took toward Pittsfield at the beginning of the day. If you're looking for gorgeous...

Ari and Miles rate Boston Magazine’s “40 Ideas”

There's no post tonight...on this blog. But check out the collab I did with Ari "Amateur Planner" Ofsevit over on his blog - we review Boston Magazine's "40 ideas to save transportation in Boston"! Each one gets a score from 1-10, and an often snarky explanation why!...

Pittsfield (Amtrak)

Pittsfield (Amtrak)

Well, now that we've finished the FRTA, there's nowhere else to go but west. It's time to tackle the BRTA, the westernmost RTA in the state, covering a big vertical rectangle of land spanning from Williamstown to Great Barrington. But before we can get to the system...