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פורסם: 6 בדצמ׳ 2009, 21:20 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 7 בדצמ׳ 2009, 11:18 ]
Published: 29/10/2009
 
The MBTA′s Bicycle Program
 
MBTA = Massachussetts Bay Transportation  Authority
 
The MBTA continues to improve bicycle access to public transit. You can combine the pleasure of riding your bicycle with the convenience of using public transportation to get where you need to go in the Boston area.

MBTA Bicycle Program Highlights…

  • A secure bike parking facility (a “bicycle cage”) recently opened at the Forest Hills Station. The cage is covered and enclosed with security fencing and accommodates 80 bikes. Video cameras and a controlled-access door greatly enhances bicycle safety and security. This cage is similar to the two bike parking cages that were opened at the Alewife Station in 2008. There is no charge to use the cage but please remember to lock your bike!

    To use the bike cages, you'll need to obtain a free plastic Bike Charlie Card. Swiping this card at the bike cage gates will give you access. The card can be used to access the cages at Alewife AND Forest Hills

    Bikes on the T

    The Bike Charlie Card can be obtained:

    From the MBTA Customer Service Agents at either Forest Hills or Alewife  Station, and

    At the MBTA Pass sales office/Customer Service Center at Downtown Crossing Station, 200 Washington Street, at the Station mezzanine level. (M-F 8am-6pm)

  • In addition to bike cages at Alewife and Forest Hills Station, funding for additional bike parking enhancements has become available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActThe MBTA will use $4.8 million in federal stimulus funding for a variety of programs to enhance and expand bicycle parking facilities at MBTA stations.  This ARRA program will fund the construction of up to 10 additional bike cages and up to 50 bike shelters at transit and commuter rail stations system wide.

 

Bikes on the T

 

  • MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan kicked-off the 2nd Annual Transit Police Bicycle Theft Awareness Campaign. During the month of October transit police officers were on duty sharing bike theft prevention advice.  Officers also offering bike owners wallet cards on which they can record their bicycle′s serial number, make, and model.

Bikes are allowed on most subway lines and all commuter rail trains during non-peak hours. Riders may also bring bikes on buses equipped with bike racks and on all ferries at any time. For Rules and Regulations, please read the updated Bikes on the T policy below.

Rules & Regulations

Entering an MBTA Station

  • There is no additional fare charge for bikes.
  • No special pass of permit is required./li>
  • Enter subway stations through the  wider accessible fare gate/entrance.
  • Do not take your bike on an escalator.
  • Riding bikes anywhere in station areas is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not interfere with other passengers and stand far away from platform edge.
  • Seniors and persons with disabilities are afforded preference over bicycles.

Commuter Rail

  • Bikes are allowed anytime except during weekday rush hours (morning inbound and evening outbound), which are shaded on the Commuter Rail schedules. Bikes are permitted all day on weekends.
  • During Summer months, bikes are welcome during weekends on specially equipped Greenbush Line and Rockport Line bike coaches on the Summer Weekend Commuter Rail Bike Trains. Click here for more information.
  • Please follow the conductor's instructions when entering or exiting the train.
  • If the train is crowded so that a bike would present an obstacle to other passengers, the cyclist must wait for a less crowded train, pursuant to the discretion and instructions of conductors.
  • In a train emergency, stow your bike as far away from the aisle as possible.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on New Year's Eve and July 4th between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. inbound or after 4 p.m. outbound.

Subway

  • A maximum of two (2) bikes are allowed on each car on Blue, Red and Orange Line trains only.
  • Bikes (with the exception of folding bikes) are not allowed on the Green Line, the Mattapan Trolley, or the Silver Line.
  • On weekdays, bikes are allowed before 7 a.m., between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and after 7 p.m. and all day on weekends, excluding substitute bus shuttle service.
  • Cyclists must board and ride on either end of the car and shall not transport bicycles down the aisle between end doors.
  • Cyclists must wait until all exiting and entering passengers have cleared the doorways before moving bicycles. Once aboard the train, cyclists must hold the bicycle firmly at all times, kickstand up, and not allow the bicycle to lean against patrons.
  • A child with accompanying adult, both with bikes, should remain at the same end of the car.
  • If train is crowded so that a bike would present an obstacle to other passengers, the cyclist must wait and board a less crowded train.
  • If cyclist is unable to disembark train without interfering with other passengers, the cyclist must remain on the train until it becomes less crowded.
  • In a train emergency, stow your bike as far away from the aisle as possible.

T Boats & Ferries

Bikes are allowed on MBTA boats and ferries at any time

Holidays and Special Events

  • Due to train crowding often associated with special events, bikes are not allowed on the Subway on St. Patrick's Day, Patriots Day or July 4th.
  • Bikes are not allowed between 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on evenings of TD Banknorth Garden events or before and after Red Sox games.
  • When special events are held at or near individual stations, bicycles may be prohibited due to overcrowding. Station personnel will notify cyclists of such restrictions.

Prohibited T Stations

Due to safety considerations and congestion, cyclists with bikes may not enter or exit the following stations:

  • Park Street (Red and Green Lines)
  • Downtown Crossing (Red and Orange Lines), except to transfer lines
  • Government Center (Blue and Green Lines)

Folding Bikes

Folding bikes are allowed on Subway, Commuter Rail and buses at any time when folded in the most compact position, Carrying cases are not required.

Other Rules

  • All passengers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be able to board a subway train with a bike or use a bus bike rack.
  • Cyclists are accommodated on first-come, first-served basis. The T reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if trains are crowded or access is impeded, and we make no assurance that space will be available for bicycles. Cyclists must yield priority seating to seniors and persons with disabilities and may be required to leave the train at any time if the priority seating space is needed for customers with disabilities.
  • T personnel are not permitted to assist with boarding bicycles, nor will the wheelchair lift be used to load or unload bicycles.
  • If there is an emergency evacuation of the train, cyclists must leave their bicycles on the train, in a manner that does not block aisles or doors.

Liability & Enforcement

  • Cyclists remain legally responsible for any damage to T facilities or equipment and/or for any injury, loss or damage sustained by passengers or train personnel that results from a cyclist's negligence. The T is not responsible for damages incurred or caused by bicycles, or to bicycles on T property.
  • Cyclists failing to abide by the rules and regulations or the specific directions of T staff or Transit Police, are subject to removal from the system.

Buses

  • At no time may a bike be placed in the interior of a bus or a Silver Line vehicle. (with the exception of folding bikes in their folded position).

* Bicycles will not be permitted on shuttle buses that are substituting for Commuter Rail or Subway service.

Bus Bike Racks

The MBTA is in the process of installing bike racks on our bus fleet. Approximately 430 rack-equipped buses now operate on the following bus routes (routes with restrictions shown underlined). Over the next several years, more rack-equipped bus routes will be added to this list and said restrictions will be lifted. This website will be updated as new bike rack-equipped routes become available. Click here for directions on how to use bus bike racks.

Using Bus Bike Racks

  • You are responsible for loading, securing, and removing your bicycle from the bicycle rack. Always alert the driver that you are about to use the bicycle rack and approach the bus from the curbside.
  • Remove all loose items from the bike. Avoid kneeling or squatting out of the driver's line of sight.
  • Squeeze the handle located in the center of the bike rack to release the latch and pull rack down.
  • Place bike on rack by inserting the front and back wheels in designated wheel slots. Always use inside slots (closest to the bus) first.
  • Pull out support arm and raise it up over the front bike tire.
  • Confirm that bike is safe and secure prior to boarding bus. Do not lock your bike in the rack.
  • Inform bus driver of destination upon boarding bus. Sit near the front of the bus and watch your bike. The T is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes.
  • As you approach your stop, advise the driver that you will be unloading your bicycle.
  • To unload your bike, raise the support arm off the tire and move it down and out of your way. Lift your bike out of the rack.
  • Return the bike rack to the folded position if there isn't another bike in the rack. Make eye contact with the driver to indicate that you are through with the rack.

*Remember: Never cross the street in front of the bus. Passing traffic cannot see around the bus. As a safety precaution, wait until the bus moves away before getting on your bicycle.

Bicycle Parking at T Stations

  • Bike racks are located at most T stations and more are being added. Please park and lock your bike in a way that allows other cyclists to also share the rack.
  • MBTA bicycle racks are intended to provide for the temporary storage of bicycles while customers utilize the MBTA system. They are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Bicycles parked at MBTA facilities that appear to be abandoned may be identified as such and tagged by MBTA Officials. Once tagged, the MBTA may elect to remove bicycles and/or bicycle parts that are left for more than 14 days.
  • Cyclists are prohibited from securing bicycles to handrails, railings, doors, ramps and stairways, or in any way blocking access to and from stations and/or other MBTA facilities. Bicycles in violation of these regulations and/or creating a public safety hazard will be tagged and removed without notice. When in doubt, cyclists should ask MBTA Station personnel. The MBTA reserves the right to remove abandoned or illegally parked bicycles without notice.
  • The MBTA is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to any bicycle or related equipment that has been parked and/or abandoned in any MBTA station, facility, vehicle, or bike rack.

Bicycle Cages

Secure bicycle cages are available for cyclists at Forest Hills and Alewife Stations. Each cage provides parking for approximately 100 bicycles under cover and enclosed with security fencing. The cages are equipped with video cameras and are well lit for enhanced  safety and security. There is no charge to use the cage but please remember to lock your bike!

To use the bike cages, you'll need to obtain a free plastic Bike Charlie Card. Swiping this card at the bike cage gate will give you access. The card can be used to access the cages at Alewife AND Forest Hills

Bikes on the T

The Bike Charlie Card can be obtained:

  • From the MBTA Customer Service Agents at either Forest Hills or Alewife Station, and
  • At the MBTA Pass sales office/Customer Service Center at Downtown Crossing Station, 200 Washington Street, at the Station mezzanine level. (M-F 8am-6pm)

More Questions?

For more information about bicycle resources throughout the state, visit MassBike, the statewide bicycling education and advocacy group at www.massbike.org.
If you have questions regarding the T's Bike Program, feel free to contact Joseph Cosgrove (jcosgrove@mbta.com) or Darrin McAuliffe (DMcAuliffe@mbta.com).
 
 
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