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Recent Posts from Miles on the MBTA

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...

Guide to the MBTA’s Winter 2019 Service Changes

Does anyone else get annoyed at the way the MBTA releases its schedule changes now? "Please find your route at www.mbta.com/schedules/bus and check the December 23 schedule for specific changes." I get that this is more intuitive for people who only care about the...

SRTA: NB 4 (Ashley Boulevard)

A few years ago, I would've vehemently insisted on taking the NB 4 to its weekday rush hour-only terminus at "Industrial Park", a full four miles past the regular terminus. Alas, Sam and I did our SRTA trip on a Saturday, so we couldn't do an Industrial Park ride. We...

SRTA: NB 10 (Dartmouth Mall)

Yeah...Miles the "Transit Expert" screwed this one up. Guess who was looking at the weekday schedule instead of the Saturday schedule! Guess which route leaves fifteen minutes earlier on Saturdays! What did this little mistake mean? Basically skipping the NB 10's...

Riding the Last* RIPTA Bus of the Night

*Well, second-to-last RIPTA bus of the night. But still, that's pretty cool, right? Also, this happened last weekend. I have some explaining to do... Okay, the Penn Band was planning a trip up to Brown to play at a football game. Those who were of drinking age were...

SRTA: FR 10 (Rodman Street)

Our last SRTA route in Fall River is the other way of getting to Walmart, the 10. I'm pleased to report that it's not as stupid as the 6, although to be fair, that's not saying much. We looped around onto Rodman Street, which had a few blocks of houses, but there were...

SRTA: FR 6 (Pleasant Street)

I was very lucky to have taken the FR 6 in the outbound direction. Going outbound, it's just a nice straight shot to Walmart. Coming inbound, it has to do a strange jog to serve...Battleship Cove. Except Battleship Cove hasn't been directly served by the SRTA in a...

SRTA: FR 2 (North Main)

The 2 turned out to be a dastardly one to ride. Earlier in the day, Sam and I had tried to get it from its Shaw's terminus to ride it around its long terminus loop, but it had left Shaw's early. Surprise. I had to grab it later from the Fall River Terminal instead. We...