Commuters heading east on Massachusetts Ave will be seeing red.
Hopefully, that will only be because the town’s new bus-only lane has been painted bright red, officially marking the town’s commitment to improving its public transportation system. After a successful pilot program that began last year, Arlington has installed permanent markings for the bus-only lane.
The bus lane runs east on Mass. Ave. from the intersection of Varnum Street to the intersection of Alewife Brook Parkway, and serves MBTA routes 77, 79 and 350. The lane will be in effect only during peak commuting time, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. During that time period, what would normally qualify as a parking lane will be open to bus travel only; removing the buses from the general flow of traffic and providing for faster commutes for both bus passengers and drivers.
Outside of the designated commuter time, the lane will be utilized for parking as it was previously designed for.
The pilot program began last November, and after a successful test run, the Select Board approved a permanent installation of the bus lane in February. (read more)
The city of Medford recently announced the launch of the Medford Community Electricity Aggregation program for residents and businesses beginning in December 2019 and going through December 2022.
Community aggregation is a bulk energy purchase program that can save residents money while increasing the amount of renewable energy used.
The primary goals of the program are to provide a cost-effective, stable and responsible alternative to utility electricity rates for participating consumers. The program will also offer participants renewable energy options from which to choose. Various public meetings are scheduled where the program will be discussed. Residents can visit http://medfordCEA.com to learn more about the program and to answer any questions they might have.
Following authorization from Medford City Council on Feb. 6, 2018, the city began to research, develop and implement a Community Choice Electricity Aggregation program. The residential rate received through a competitive bid is $0.115075 per kWh over the 36-month term from December 2019 to December 2022. The announced National Grid rate for the six months beginning Nov. 1, is $0.13982 per kWh. (read more)
Climate Change Is an Issue for the Town; Faison Addresses Concerns, Future at Meeting (Winthrop Transcript 10/4/19)
What will climate change look like in Winthrop’s future? It looks like what the town has been experiencing with flooding along Morton Street, Pico, Ingleside Park, Shirley Street near the marina, Coughlin Park or other areas either effected by 100-year storms that seem to come every other year.
Last Wednesday night about 30 people packed the Hazlett Room at the Library to hear about “Winthrop Engages: Climate Change” from Town Manager Austin Faison, Julie Wormser of the Mystic River Watershed Association and Leah Robbins of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Last June the town received a municipal vulnerability program designation, which provides support and grants for cities and towns in Massachusetts to plan for resiliency and implement key climate change adaptation actions for resiliency.
Faison said climate change even plays a factor into where the town can build a public safety building.
“It will have to be the best building in the whole town,” Faison said.
SHARON - Local officials are moving forward with negotiations for several solar sites throughout Sharon, in the hopes of putting an agreement up for Town Meeting approval this fall.
The Select Board voted to pursue the matter at its Sept. 10 meeting, after hearing a report on the Energy Advisory Committee’s efforts.
Committee Chairman George Aronson said the town had received 11 proposals for a set of solar projects in town, including panels at the landfill and East Elementary School. The committee recommended the town award the rights to Distributed Solar Development.
Timothy Magner, of Distributed Solar Development, said the firm was excited to be working with Sharon, and hoped to move forward quickly without sacrificing attention to detail. The East Elementary project, he said, would consist of solar canopies above the school’s parking spaces.
“We did a site walk of the property last week,” he said. “We engaged with the principal there.” (read more)
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