Porter Station work in Winter 2010

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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2011

Postby boblothrope » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:27 pm

An announcement on a Red Line train alerted me to the fact that the Porter elevator project entered a new phase today.

Until now, there was elevator access from the street to the commuter rail (via the lobby), even though the elevator to the subway was closed. But now, the elevator to the commuter rail platform is closed for repairs as well.

They're running a shuttle bus between Waltham, Harvard, and Porter. http://mbta.com/rider_tools/transit_upd ... e=Elevator says it leaves Porter 40 minutes before the train leaves Waltham.

It would be nice if they issued a schedule that showed the exact times.

Where will the bus stop at Porter and Harvard? When will it stop at Harvard -- before or after Porter on an outbound trip?

It says this diversion will continue until July 2012. In theory, the subway elevator project was supposed to last a year from March 2011.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby sery2831 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:29 am

A side note, this shuttle bus is provided by Paul Revere.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby diburning » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:22 am

Interesting... Was it less expensive to contract it out rather than pay overtime to MBTA operators? The MBTA buses DO serve Waltham (If I have time on my hands and want to save a few bucks, I would take the 70 or 70A to Waltham and pay 4 bucks to zone 8 instead of $7.75 out of Porter. A $1.25 fare to save $3.75 = $2.50 savings at the expense of leaving about a half hour earlier)
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby octr202 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:45 am

This is only for passengers needing elevator service, not all passengers, so full-size buses aren't needed.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby TomNelligan » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:53 am

From what I saw yesterday -- an evening rush hour shuttle arriving at Waltham with zero passengers aboard -- I'm guessing that even a minibus is more than needed. Looks like more a route for van or even taxi service. I realize that the MBTA is afraid of ADA lawsuits if they don't provide some sort of alternative service, but if no one shows up to ride it they will hopefully adjust the shuttle service as required to limit expenses. It's not like the T has money to burn.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2011

Postby boblothrope » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:54 pm

boblothrope wrote:Until now, there was elevator access from the street to the commuter rail (via the lobby), even though the elevator to the subway was closed. But now, the elevator to the commuter rail platform is closed for repairs as well.

It says this diversion will continue until July 2012. In theory, the subway elevator project was supposed to last a year from March 2011.


July is coming to an end, and it's been more than a year since March 2011. Anyone know what's going on with the Porter elevator project?

The Red Line's service update page no longer mentions the elevator outage. http://mbta.com/rider_tools/transit_upd ... e=Red+Line

The general elevator status page only mentions the Commuter Rail platform elevator, not the Red Line. http://mbta.com/rider_tools/transit_upd ... e=Elevator

The Fitchburg/South Acton page does mention both elevators. http://mbta.com/rider_tools/transit_upd ... outh+Acton
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2011

Postby boblothrope » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:02 pm

boblothrope wrote:July is coming to an end, and it's been more than a year since March 2011. Anyone know what's going on with the Porter elevator project?


Wikipedia saves the day once again!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_%28MBTA_station%29

"The Red Line elevator was returned to service on June 22, 2012; the commuter rail elevator is set to be in service again by the end of July."
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby The EGE » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:54 pm

I've got Google Alerts set up for the major station projects, including Porter. I keep the article as up-to-date as the information comes in.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby The EGE » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:27 pm

The elevator returned to service this morning, though without the press attention given to the Red Line elevator. The following notice was briefly posted:

Porter Square (819) lobby to Commuter Rail platform 07/30/12 08:41 AM
Porter Square (819) lobby to Commuter Rail platform has returned to service and can be utilized by customers requesting elevator access at Porter Square Station.


I believe that accessibility work at Porter is now completed for the foreseeable future.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby MBTA3247 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:12 pm

The EGE wrote:I believe that accessibility work at Porter is now completed for the foreseeable future.

You sure? They still have the second shaft down to the Red Line to complete.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby The EGE » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:54 pm

I stand corrected.
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Re: Porter Station work in Winter 2010

Postby Matthew » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:02 pm

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Elevator shaft 7/28/2012, looking up from the outbound platform at Porter.
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