|Earliest: May 17, 2005||Latest: July 1, 2018||Total: 69|
|July 1, 2018|
Earlier this year the Yawkey Way, one of the streets that borders Fenway Park, was renamed back to 'Jersey Street.' John Henry wanted this to be done since the Red Sox was the last Major League team to integrate. Many people place the blame on the slow integration with Tom Yawkey.
The street name officially became Yawkey Way on January 25, 1977. It was reverted back to Jersey Street on May 3, 2018. A duration of 15,074 days Or 41 years, 3 months, 9 days.
Did you know that there are plans underway to change the MBTA Commuter rail - 'Yawkey Station.' Representatives Balser of Newton and Byron Rushing of Boston filed a Bill to get the station name changed.
According to various MBTA sources, one name that is not available is 'Fenway Park' - because there is a green line stop called 'Fenway Park' and having two station names can be confusing. People may think it goes to the same stop, as they don't they are far apart from each other.
What do you think the new station name will be?
|November 19, 2017|
Every weekday morning, there are three express trains that go through Framingham. The p508 is a very popular train because it gets people into Boston around 8:25.
I have taken the commuter rail for the past six years. Its only been the past couple of years since I have taken the p508. This is because I am responsible for dropping off my daughter at school.
Over the years the MBTA has changed the arrival time to meet the complexity of train traffic.
Starting tomorrow, the p508 train will depart Framingham the earliest it has in years.
This new schedule change makes it virtually impossible for parents to drop off their children at school (7:30 drop off) and catch the express train.
Each morning you can see parents rushing to get the train. Starting tomorrow they will be arriving to work about 20 mins late.
I put together this chart of how the MBTA has adjusted the p508 train schedule over the years.
In 2007, the p508 left Framingham at 7:47, and would arrive at Back Bay at 8:18. In 2017, the p508 will leave Framingham at 7:38 and arrive at Back Bay at 8:14. Note: In 2007 the p508 didn't stop at Yawkey.
The chart is missing some years, as soon as I get those I'll update the chart. Much of the original data are from PDF files of the MBTA schedule.
The winter storm mess of 2015 has caused the MBTA to implement a revised winter schedule. This is why the MBTA updates their schedule frequently.
|June 11, 2017|
Tomorrow the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) will be soft opening the new parking lot at the Framingham MBTA station. Only a few spaces will be open in the new lot.
David Perry, @FramWorMBTA, has been naming the new lot, "Infield Lot." I like the name a lot and I think that the MWRTA should adopt it. It a good play on words since the lot is located between the Banana Lot and the MBTA Station. In addition, the train does make a stop near Fenway Park.
I created a mock sign of the lot name.
The original lot, so called "Banana Lot" isn't an official name of the parking lot. On the MBTA site, it's still referred to its location: "Additional parking located near 2 FranklinStreet, Framingham Ma, 01702. "
David Perry is an expert in all things going on with the Worcester/Framingham MBTA line. Check out the Framingham Station: Soft Opening for new Parking Lot post that he wrote about this weekend.
Here's my contribution, couple of photos taken of the area before the lot has officially opened.
Same view from the Framingham Station pedestrian overpath.
|May 21, 2017|
Did you know that it's Illegal to take pictures on the train tracks?
This past week, I took a photo of the removed fence in Framingham and uploaded to Twitter.
The fense at the Framingham MBTA station temporarily removed for track work. pic.twitter.com/l7qE20KUY6? Christopher Ryan (@cryanweb) May 19, 2017
A few minutes later I got this surprising response:
Was I really out of line. Turns out that I was.
In 2013, Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver put out a press release encouraging photographers not to use train tracks as their settings. The press release contains lots of facts on why it's very dangerous to use train tracks for photo sessions.
Whoever knowingly, without right is present, stands, walks, or rides a bicycle, snow vehicle, recreational or other vehicle on the right-of-way, bridge, or other property of, or used or controlled by any railroad corporation, except at a highway or other authorized grade crossing and except on rights-of-way formally abandoned pursuant to state or federal law and no longer owned by said railroad corporation or rights-of-way owned by said railroad corporation but which have been converted or leased specifically for use as a bicycle or walking path in accordance with state or federal laws, shall be fined $100 or shall be required to perform a total of 50 hours of community service which may include service in the operation lifesaver program, so-called. Any person violating this section may be arrested without a warrant by any police officer, including railroad police, and proceeded against according to law.
According to Operation Lifesaver, a group that educates the public about rail safety, 16 Americans have been killed and 5 injured in photography-related train track incidents.
|May 14, 2017|
On a private commuter group that I am on, there has been reports that commuters have gotten tickets on their cars.
Did you know that MBTA Parking Police can write you a ticket for an expired inspection sticker?
According to the list of ticketable offenses, the MBTA police can also write up a ticket for not renewing your car inspection. Its a $50 fine!
Note: If a Boston Police Office was to ticket you for the same offense, it would only be a $40 fine. Not exactly sure why it would be more in the MBTA Parking Lot.
What's worst is that it counts as a point towards your insurance.
In Massachusetts, if you get a ticket for an expired vehicle inspection sticker it is the equivalent of a moving violation.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Insurance, surcharge points are incurred if you:
An expired inspection sticker is considered "paying a fine for a traffic law violation."
A $50 ticket results increased insurance costs for 6 years! If you have a perfect driving record, that can amount to about a 20% increase (!!) the first three years. The premium will go down for the following three years.
Are more people forgetting to renew their car inspections?
Massachusetts is facing a revenue shortfall in 2017 and there is speculation that the police have increased fine enforcement. The fiscal year ends next month.
Members of the private commuter group are speculating that a memo was sent to the MBTA Parking enforcement team to check for inspection stickers to help make up for lost revenue.
|November 13, 2016|
This week a new warning sign went up at the Framingham MBTA station, notifying commuters that it?s illegal crossing the tracks. The sign is part of the continued attempt by the MBTA to notify users that this is not a legal crossing.
However, nobody was paying attention to the sign. I saw many commuters continue to cross the tracks. The sign is barely noticeable for most people crossing the tracks from the Banana Parking lot. When commuters approach the tracks they look both ways, and not at any sign on the fence
The law being referenced on the Framingham track sign 160 s218:
It's interesting that the law specifically mentions "walks" and "stands." It appears that it's perfectly legal for users to run or hop across the tracks. (Don't try to challenge that!)
I feel that the MBTA has a couple of options to reduce pedestrians from crossing the tracks:
|June 4, 2016|
Each morning I catch the same P508 train from Framingham. In May 2016, my "arriving to work" time has improved almost every day during the month:
I tracked my arrival time by using the If this than that application on my iPhone. I use the popular "Track you work hours" recipe to record when I arrive and leave work. It automatically records when I arrive at my office every morning. I have had this enabled since November 18, 2015.
Usually I don't look at it, but I thought it would be interesting to see the data since the schedule was changed during the last week of the month. It does look like the new schedule is getting me to work quicker.
During school vacation week in February, I had to take a later train. That's why the arrival times were high for three days. On March 3rd, I had to take the later p514 train, that accounts for the latest arrival time during this period.
The purple trend line shows that the MBTA seems to be heading in the right direction with getting the trains to show up on time.
|February 22, 2016|
Last Thursday, the MBTA had a sticky situation where they were not able to get trains to South Station. This was because of Amtrak signal issue at South Station.
Amtrak notified the MBTA of the situation at 6 am, and the MBTA designated alternative stations where passengers could disembark the Commuter Rail trains. The real mess for many commuters was during the evening rush where many trains were canceled.
I created this graphic just to make light of the situation.
Five Key lessons that I learned:
The situation at South Station was fixed by the Friday morning commute and all was normal again.
|February 13, 2016|
A practical suggestion to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) or whoever is designing the next commuter rail train: install more hideaway hooks throughout the train.
Make these hooks high enough so that when people need to hang suits or jackets that it's well off the floor. The floors do get wet very often in the summer and spring.
Making the hooks hideaway ensures that they won't get in the way when people are leading against the wall.
This idea came about when I recently had to bring a suit to work and couldn't find a place to hang my jacket. I look all around where I was standing and couldn't find a place to hang it for the duration of my commute.
The MBTA should have hideaway hanger hooks along the wall in the loading area of each car. Ideally, the hooks should be strong enough to hold bags.
This is a simple request that won't cost a lot to implement, but certainly will add value to riders.
|November 29, 2015|
If your new to the fun world of MBTA commuting, there are some Twitter accounts that you should absolutely be following. Not only will you be informed on what's going on in the world of Framingham MBTA, but you may get some real live feed on why delays are happening.
So without further delay, here are the top 10 best Twitter accounts for Framingham Commuters:
In addition, should you be stuck on a train that isn't moving, you could use the twitter feature to show who is posting near your current locations. Mashable has a great post about 9 Ways to Find Twitter Users in Your Town.