Is this the first time we've gotten real numbers on the SL3's ridership? I remember that number being hard to track down previously.Incidentally the MBTA Data Blog has a great, multipage article on bus use during COVID
I'd say that given that 28, 23, 111, and SL5 had the least drop (down less than 70%) during COVID, that they represent the most important routes for essential workers:
They've recently started including SL3 ridership figures on the open data portal too, (SL3 being route 743) https://mbta-massdot.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/mbta-bus-ridership-by-trip-season-route-line-and-stop/data?where=route_id = '743'Is this the first time we've gotten real numbers on the SL3's ridership? I remember that number being hard to track down previously.
Small mistake, CT2 is listed as both regular and limited serviceBig schedule changes coming in the fall to better align service with post-COVID travel demand: https://www.mbta.com/customer-support/fall-2020-bus-service-changes
Technologically they already have it. Every bus in the fleet except for the Silver Line dual-modes, Cambridge TT's, and remaining Neoplan diesels quickly being whisked off to retirement for year's end are dash-cam equipped. Serves multiple purposes, from incident recordings to triggering a live hazard avoidance audio + visual cue if a pedestrian darts in front at the last second.What would get the MBTA this capability?
Wonder if that would go under traffic cameras, or, more akin to the police scanners that can tag expired plates/etc. I believe the later is legal?Technologically they already have it. Every bus in the fleet except for the Silver Line dual-modes, Cambridge TT's, and remaining Neoplan diesels quickly being whisked off to retirement for year's end are dash-cam equipped. Serves multiple purposes, from incident recordings to triggering a live hazard avoidance audio + visual cue if a pedestrian darts in front at the last second.
Logistics would thus be all back-office in what they scan the recordings for, and maybe some driver procedural training for how to notify dispatch when they've caught an offender on-tape. Rest is all legalese and any legalese changes that would make such enforcement fair game, which is probably a top-down Baker/Pollack decision.
Right now, no. But a bill that would permit automated enforcement for speeding, red lights and school buses etc is something that I would expect to keep appearing in the legislature.In Mass you can't issue fines via camera alone. Has to be witnessed by an officer.
Wow, apologies for the momentary derailment, but when I opened this thread it opened to the converastion from a few months back about MBTA bus spottings in NY and Wisconsin. Instead of being shipped somehow, busses are simply driven from the manufacturer to their destination.
Three years ago, I distinctly remember driving through the middle of nowhere Montana and seeing an SF MUNI bus on I-90. Never had the slightest idea what it was doing there.
Today, by happening upon those earlier posts, mystery solved. New Flyer Manitoba plant to SF driving instructions.
This would open a big can of worms.Right now, no. But a bill that would permit automated enforcement for speeding, red lights and school buses etc is something that I would expect to keep appearing in the legislature.
The most recent incarnation (S2553) just failed this Feburary, but would have created a minimal $25 non surchargable fine. I can definitely see some variation on this passing in the coming years, with an non controversial issue like school buses leading the way. An expansion for bus lanes seems reasonable, but I would have questions about how this would work when some buslanes double as turn lanes.
It need not open a can of worms.This would open a big can of worms.
It need not open a can of worms.
Electronic toll enforcement already works smoothly: take a picture and impose a monetary penalty on the car's registered owner. It is a civil penalty not a criminal one. It is imposed on the car not the driver.
"Non surchargeable" means it has no effect on the driver or the driver's insurance. As noted above, the bill imposes penalties in this way.
I have gotten "civil fine" speeding tickets from MD & PA. They come in the mail and have a picture.
They say: we are not saying who might have been a bad driver; nobody's legal or insurance rates will be affected, but your car is going fast you would like our $70.
It has changed our family's behavior in construction zones in Maryland and Pennsylvania. We can do the same thing here in Massachusetts in bus lanes
That was/is pretty much the case in every state until the Legislature passes a bill actually enumerating the reach and limits of such enforcement. Everyone here was deeply suspicious of open-road tolling because of what other surveillance uses the license-plate cams on the Pike and bridges/tunnels could technologically be used for. But it stopped being any concern once the state actually drew up the legalese of the limits and the consumer protection experts were able to chime in with layman's explainers that it was bottled up airtight enough to not be a paranoia concern.I know it at least was controversial in AZ. Accusation s of revenue raising vs actual public safety.
Slippery slope type stuff.