Archive | December, 2012

Passenger Trains to Cape Cod in Near Future?

13 Dec

By next summer trains could be traveling between Boston and Cape Cod. State transportation officials said in a brief statement on Wednesday that they were working with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority on the service, which would operate on weekends only. This would run at no cost to the MBTA because it would be run by the regional authority. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation said the trains would likely run between South Station and Hyannis, but specific schedules and fares have not been finalized. Gov. Deval Patrick said on his official twitter account Wednesday that restoring train service to Cape Cod would be a boost for residents and tourists. This would certainly be something brand new and positive for the MBTA and the people of Boston. How do you feel about this? Would you use this service to travel to the Cape?

What if Bicycles Had Horns?

11 Dec

In the past year alone Boston has had 5 bicyclist deaths.  The most recent was a BU graduate student who was hit on Commonwealth Avenue. Many of these were caused by the drivers who they collided with, but of course there are many factors. In an effort to reduce this number certain inventions and alternatives have been coming out. The Loud Bicycle horn prevents accidents by alerting motorists with a familiar sound. The safety benefits of the horn give more people the confidence to travel by bike. These horns sound just like car horns. Drivers react to car horns before they even know where the sound is coming from. A driver that gets beeped at while backing out of a driveway for example, will immediately brake. These kinds of reflexive reactions are perfect to keep cyclists safe. Some motorists don’t realize that their driving habits can be dangerous for cyclists. The batteries are rechargable and last for a few months at a time. The horn is also sleet, rain, and snow proof. Inventor Jonathan Lansey is a research engineer, an Awesome Foundation trustee and an avid city cyclist. Andrew Lansey is a mechanical and aerospace engineer, who has taken a break from airplane building to design the aerodynamic horn prototypes. The patent is still pending but hopefully Boston will jump on board with this product or something of its kind soon, even if just on some of the Hubway bikes.

Boston Life Giving Tree

4 Dec

This holiday season Boston Life is having its very own giving tree. The giving tree will benefit poor families in Cambridge. Many companies and businesses will be doing good around the holidays and Boston Life wanted to make a difference as well. The donations will be going to Cambridge Economics Community Committee in their effort to help out the local community. This holiday season rather than buying an extra gift for someone who may not need another one consider donating one to a child in need. The suggestions on the tree usually range from $15-$30, most of which are necessities such as winter clothing. You can stop in the office any time before December 19th and pick up a name tag, purchase and wrap a gift, and return it to us. This will be going on from now until December 19th.

Boston Parking Tickets Issued Last Week Can be Paid in Toys

3 Dec

Boston parking scofflaws can pay off their fines they received last week by handing over a toy, instead of cash, to the city.

Any non-public safety parking ticket issued on Boston streets between Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 1 can be paid off by donating a non-violent, unwrapped toy of equal or greater value than the fine amount. The toys will be given to a local needy child for the holidays, city officials said.

Drivers must bring the parking ticket and a receipt for the toy.

The city’s 19th annual “Toys for Tickets” initiative will accept the toy donations for eligible tickets from Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 8.

On weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., toys can be brought to the parking clerk’s office on the second floor of City Hall. On weekdays between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. and on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., toys can be brought to the city’s tow lot at 200 Frontage Rd.

And, on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, toys will be accepted at the city transportation department’s mobile command center at the intersection of Washington and Milk streets in Downtown Crossing.

Thomas M. Menino launched the program in 1993, his first holiday season as Boston’s mayor.

There is no set goal on how many toys the program hopes to collect.

Public safety violations that are excluded from this program are: parking in the way of handicapped ramps; parking in spots reserved for those with handicapped or disabled veteran license plates; blocking fire hydrants; parking in crosswalks; double parking; parking less than 20 feet from an intersection; parking in a fire lane; and being in a no stopping and standing zone.

For more information about Toys for Tickets, click here.

To read more about the program’s past efforts, click here.