Wednesday, May 8, 2013
An envelope with more than $1,000 in cash was left on a 73 bus heading toward Waverley Square.
MBTA officials returned an envelope containing more than $1,000 to a Watertown resident who had left it on a bus on Monday. A passenger riding the 73 bus from Harvard Square discovered that someone had left an envelope with $1,100 inside on the bus at around 5 p.m. The money was given to the bus driver, who gave it to the supervisor in Waverley Square in Belmont, according to a report on the Fox 25 News' Website. Bus driver Kevin White did not look inside the envelope or have any temptation to grab any of the money himself, according to a story on Boston.com. “I look at it this way: Somebody needed it for some reason,” White told the Boston.com. “It could be their paycheck or their rent money. It’s not my money to decide that.” The MBTA …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
To increase efficiency, time; But will it mean the end to "bunching"?
The saying goes: Less is more. And for the MBTA, less should also mean faster and far more efficient. This past Thursday, the MBTA came to Belmont's Beech Street Center to give residents of Belmont and Watertown a preview of its plan to make one of the transportation authority's busiest bus lines – the number 73 route from Harvard to Waverley squares via Cambridge, Watertown and Cambridge – better by means of subtraction. A nice-sized audience of more than 70 residents – about a quarter from Watertown and the rest from Belmont – came to hear from MBTA consultant Kurt Steiner, transportation planner for Boston-based McMahon Associates, on the changes coming to the 13th busiest line in its system, serving approximately 2,400 users a day. The…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The MBTA will hold a meeting in Belmont about proposed changes to the 73 bus route and reconstruction of Belmont Street and Trapelo Road.
On June 7, the MBTA present the Key Bus Route Improvement Program to gather information on how to improve the 73 bus route in Watertown and Belmont. The meeting will he held at 7 p.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. in Belmont. The Belmont Street/Trapelo Road Reconstruction Project will also be discussed at the meeting. Bus stops may be relocated and/or eliminated, and the MBTA wants the public's feedback on the proposed improvements. MBTA officiials will present recommendations for stop consolidation and additional amenities for riders that have been developed from both projects.
Friday, October 28, 2011
The bus that goes from Waverley Square in Belmont to Harvard Square sometimes leaves riders stuck on the sidewalk to wait for the next bus.
Roger Redondo calls it a good morning when only one 73 bus passes by without stopping because it is too full to pick up any passengers. The bus line is one of the top 15 busiest in the MTBA system, and T officials even added two bus runs in the morning on the route that goes from Belmont’s Waverley Square to Harvard Square in Cambridge. Redondo and his wife both use the 73 bus, and moved to West Cambridge near the Watertown and Belmont lines because of the close proximity to the bus. “It was one of the reasons we like the property,” Redondo said. “The 73 bus so frequent, and we are 10, 15 minutes away from Harvard Square, but that’s assuming the bus stops [to pick you up].” The MBTA has tried to relieve the crowding, said spokesman Joe …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A diesel bus will make two runs from Waverley Square to Harvard Square during the morning rush hour.
The MBTA will run a diesel bus on two morning runs on the 73 bus route from Waverley Square to Harvard Square beginning Sept. 6 to meet growing demand on the route, which runs along Belmont Street, which runs along the Watertown/Belmont line on the route. Steve Magoon, Watertown's Director of Economic Development and Planning, received a letter this week from Jeremy Mendelson from the MBTA's Service Planning department, announcing the change. "Route 73 has has been experiencing significant ridership growth in recent years," the MBTA letter reads. "As a result AM peak trips are often very crowded and sometimes are forced to leave passengers behind." Mendelson adds that the afternoon rush is not as crowded as the morning rush. Harvard Square…