What’s Open, Closed on Presidents’ Day; MBTA on Reduced Schedule

Photo: The George Washington statue in Boston’s Public Garden. Today, Monday, Feb. 20 is Presidents’ Day, although the federal government still refers to it as “Washington’s Birthday” to honor the country’s first president. Belmont town offices: Closed Belmont Schools: Closed (this week is winter recess.) Belmont Public Library: Closed Beech Street Center: Closed US Post Offices: […]

Traffic Factor in Commuter Train/SUV Accident That Left Woman Seriously Hurt

Photo: (credit: Anna Meiler/CBSBoston) Belmont’s increasingly congested streets appear to have played a factor leading to an early morning collision between an SUV and an MBTA commuter train at the intersection of Brighton Street and Blanchard Road that left a women critically injured at 8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9. While MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard […]

Breaking: Waverley Station To Remain Open for 10 More Years

Photo: The Waverley Station. It’s not used by many riders, it’s difficult to get around and it’s in need of a great deal of maintenance. And that’s what the MBTA says about Waverley Station, which runs the commuter rail station in the heart of Belmont’s Waverley Square. But it now appears that all of Waverley […]

Update: Waverley Commuter Rail Station Stays Open … For Now

Photo: The Waverley Station in Belmont. Despite being out of the running for a portion of $150 million in state-financed accessibility upgrades, Belmont’s Waverley commuter rail station will remain open while the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority seeks a variance to delay required work on the site, according to an email message from State Sen. Will Brownsberger. […]

BREAKING: MBTA Rejects New Belmont Commuter Rail Station, But Waverley’s Future Still Up in the Air

Photo: The future of the Waverley Station remains up in the air.  The MBTA has rejected plans to construct a modern commuter rail station along South Pleasant Street to replace the century-old stop in Waverley Square, State Sen. Will Brownsberger told the Belmontonian this afternoon, Friday, Jan. 22.  “They heard the concerns from commuters and […]

Despite T Assurances, Residents Push Against Pleasant St. Station ‘Alternative’

Photo: Erik Stoothoff, chief engineer for the MBTA. Despite assurances by the MBTA a new commuter rail station on Pleasant Street is currently just one of many options being considered, the overwhelming number of residents who attended a public meeting on the future of the Waverley Station weren’t buying it. “I don’t understand why Belmont must pay […]

Opinion: Invest the Money to Keep Waverley Station Accessible

Photo: Waverley MBTA Commuter Rail Station  By Jim Williams In September, MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola made a presentation at an open Board of Selectmen meeting concerning handicap accessibility at the Waverley Commuter Rail station. Public comments opposed closing the station and Sami Bagdadhy, chair of the board, stated the Selectmen’s position was that our […]

Brighton Street Closed at MBTA Rail Crossing From Saturday Until Monday AM

Photo: The MBTA track crossing at Brighton Street. The reconstruct of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority commuter rail grade crossing at Brighton Street will require a small but important segment of the road to be closed for more than 48 hours, requiring traffic to be detoured through Belmont Center, according to a press release from the […]

Accessibility Key at Initial Meeting on Waverley Square Station’s Future

Photo: The meeting on Waverley Square station.  After hearing a ten-minute presentation on the future of Belmont’s two commuter rail stations in Belmont Center and Waverley Square, Board of Selectmen Chair Sami Baghdady got down to brass tacks. “Am I hearing … that both stations would be closed, and there would be one central station possibly […]