Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Adam Vaccaro Globe Staff December 28, 2018 Bike share and bus lanes. Derailed trains and dilapidated stations. Worsening traffic and a transit system struggling to provide a better alternative for drivers. There was rarely a quiet corner in the commuter world in 2018. Now, with 2019 bringing new trains, new policies, and — surely — new debates about how to fight crippling gridlock, here are some of the biggest items to watch in the new year. Forward on the T? The new year begins with much of the same old creaky infrastructure at the MBTA, including balky signals and overcrowded trains. But some of the improvements riders have long heard about should start showing in 2019: Advertisement ■ The first new six-car Orange Line train is expected to enter service early in the year. Then the first of the new Red Line cars is expected in late … [Read more...] about 2019 will be another big year in Boston transportation
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dake Kang Associated Press October 23, 2018 ZHUHAI, China (AP) — China on Tuesday opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge linking Hong Kong to the mainland, a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance.Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the city of Zhuhai to open the 55-kilometer (34-mile)-long bridge linking it to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau. Digital fireworks exploded on a screen behind him as leaders of the three cities watched.The $20 billion bridge took almost a decade to build while incurring major delays and cost overruns. It includes an undersea tunnel allowing ships to pass through the Pearl River delta, the heart of China’s crucial manufacturing sector. Advertisement Its opening will cut travel time across the delta from several hours to just 30 … [Read more...] about China just opened the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Steve Annear Globe Staff September 18, 2018 At first, Alex Kerr thought the light coming toward him while he sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the I-93 tunnel was part of a work crew.Then, it occurred to him that it might have been an emergency vehicle of some kind.But when it got closer, Kerr, of Dorchester, saw that he was wrong on both counts — it was actually a person riding along the busy expressway on a Blue Bike. Advertisement “It was [a woman] just calmly riding southbound in the northbound lane,” he said. “She looked a lot more relaxed than I would have been.” Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Kerr said he spotted the woman biking through a portion of the Tip O’Neill Jr. … [Read more...] about Cyclist rides Blue Bike through O’Neill tunnel in Boston
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Milton J. Valencia Globe Staff August 21, 2018 LAWRENCE — After six hot and humid hours on the campaign trail last month, Josh Zakim finally arrived in Lawrence, where he and Mayor Dan Rivera strolled through a park to greet residents who had taken over tables for a dominoes tournament. Speaking in Spanish as merengue music played in the background, Rivera interrupted to remind everyone to vote in the Sept. 4. primary for Juana Matias and Marcos Devers, both well-known local Latino candidates. And, he added, vote for “mi amigo, Josh Zakim.” Zakim, the Boston city councilor who is running for secretary of state, nodded and grinned. Advertisement “Hi, Josh Zakim, nice to meet you,” the candidate said in English, offering a handshake and a campaign flier. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need … [Read more...] about They know his name in Boston. But outside the city, Josh Zakim fights to raise his profile.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff August 15, 2018 The collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, has left at least 39 people dead, and there’s no doubt it has raised questions about the condition of bridges elsewhere.In Massachusetts, 473 bridges, or about 9 percent of the statewide total, were rated in “poor” condition as of last year, based on national standards.Another 3,316 bridges were determined to be in “fair condition,” and the remaining 1,400 were in “good” condition, federal data show. Advertisement A bridge is rated “poor” if inspectors rate one of four key components — either its deck, superstructure, substructure, or culvert — as earning 4 or less on a 10-point scale. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank … [Read more...] about Map: Here are the 473 bridges in ‘poor’ condition in Mass.