Heat lamps at some T shelters keep Newton, Brookline riders toasty. Elsewhere, they just don’t work.
Stacy Thompson, executive director of LiveableStreets Alliance, said the nonfunctional heat lamps make waiting for a bus less pleasant, but they are just one factor in an overall uncomfortable system, especially around Nubian Station.
“This is part of a larger and more complex problem about how to make places where people wait for transit more comfortable,” Thompson said. Heaters are an issue right now, but “within six months it might be that it’s too hot and sunny, and there’s no shade.”Read more
“How do we fund and resource a 21st century transit system?” That’ll be the million (ahem, $24.5 billion) question in 2024, according to Stacy Thompson, the executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance.Read more
Stacy Thompson is the executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a metro Boston transportation advocacy organization to help riders move around the region. "This really kicks off the 2024 repair-the-slow-down blitz for the T. So this is the first of what will be many short shutdowns," Thompson said. She reminds commuters that this is not only the oldest part of the MBTA but also includes part of T that is the oldest subway system in the country.
"This section of the MBTA is what I like to say is the most congested. It's where all of the branches of the Green Line come together, and they are all using the same tracks," Thompson said. The upgrades provide some hope for commuters who look forward to get to work on time.Read more
Stacy Thompson, the head of transit advocacy group Livable Streets, told WBUR’s John Bender the expansion will make Bluebikes more inclusive: “If you’re intimidated by a hill, if the length of a ride feels a little scary, an e-bike will be able to help those folks out.”Read more
🚇 It was the year of the shutdown. LiveableStreets Alliance executive director Stacy Thompson expected more MBTA shutdowns in 2023, and between the CVS-receipt length list of mini diversions, the Ashmont/Mattapan branch closure, and the start of 20-plus planned shutdowns through 2024, she nailed it. But she noticed a marked difference between the partial Red Line closure in October and last year’s Orange Line closure: it actually ended in better service. “The tools are going to be the same, but under new leadership, we got better results,” she said, shouting out new MBTA general manager Phillip Eng.Read more
"I would say that Phil Eng is using a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer," Thompson explained.
"So, under his leadership, they are doing small sections of track at a time. Maybe it's a 3 day or 5 day or 10 day shutdown, really focusing, making sure the work is done well, and then you see immediate improvements."
"Really for the first time in a decade, we have a sense of where we are at with the state of good repair, what needs to be fixed and how much it will cost," said Thompson. "It's a lot of work but we finally have a starting point."Read more
The MBTA Faces a $24.5 Billion Repair Crisis Due to Decades of Underinvestment in Boston's Transit System
Thompson underlines the significance of transparent reporting on repair needs, emphasizing that such transparency is key to the future sustainability and reliability of the public transit system.Read more
"These are the kinds of things we like to see the T doing," she said.Read more