Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The MBTA launched a wireless internet program at some locations and on certain cars in 2008. The transit system is now looking for a sponsor to upgrade the product at no cost to the T.
The MBTA wants to upgrade its wireless Internet service, but without spending precious tax dollars. The Boston area transit system is seeking sponsorship proposals to provide upgraded wi-fi service on commuter rail cars, ferries and select commuter rail stations, according to an MBTA press statement in early March. “The MBTA’s goal is to upgrade the current WIFI service to a system wide, state of the art standard, at no cost to the MBTA and its riders,” the statement says. The sponsorship opportunity would provide the sponsor with marketing rights such as “signage and advertising in commuter rail stations, cars and ferry facilities; corporate presence on MBTA commuter rail system maps and schedules; control of a WIFI landing page; links on…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The MBTA’s mobile ticketing app was launched last November.
Commuters are using the MBTA ticketing application in droves, according to a new figure released today. The MBTA mTicket program surpassed $1 million in sales Tuesday morning when a Lowell customer purchased the application, according to Joshua Robin, MBTA's director of innovation. Robin said sales have surpassed expectations, adding that 9.58 percent of all ticket sales on the MBTA are through the mobile application. The first-in-the-country commuter mobile ticketing program launched in November. The system works by displaying the tickets on the phone’s screen as a digital “flash pass” barcode. The app is available for iPhone and Android and applicable to most MBTA commuter rail lines.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commuter Rail customers of four lines can now use smartphones to buy train tickets.
Customers of four MBTA Commuter Rail lines can now use their smartphones to board the train. Starting today, riders of the Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill and Newbury/Rockport can use the MBTA mTicket app for iPhone and Android to purchase single or 10-ride tickets, according to an MBTA statement. The system works by displaying the tickets on the phone’s screen as a digital “flash pass” barcode, according to the statement. “Customers will now have the ability to purchase tickets without waiting in lines meaning they get more time back in their day and more control over their commuter,” said Richard A. Davey, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the statement. Customers will also benefit from not having to …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The new weekday commuter rail schedule begins Oct. 29.
As a result of the recent agreement between the state and CSX, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) has added six new train times to the Framingham/Worcester weekday commuter rail schedule. According to a press release issued yesterday by the MBCR, three new outbound trains will be added as well as three new inbound trains. The new schedule will go into effect Monday, Oct. 29. To view the updated schedule, click the .pdf to the right. Two of the three new inbound trains will not stop at the Newton stations, which include Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. The new train times were only added to the regular, weekday schedule; there will be no changes to the current weekend service. In addition to the six new trains this …