Street sweeping starts next week, MBTA Commuter Rail changes take effect Nov. 2, & more | October 27, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
OCTOBER 27, 2020

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REMINDER: Early voting is available at Lynn City Hall until this Friday! Visit the link above for more information.


Lynn Dept. of Public Works Citywide Sweeping will begin next week

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As of November 2, 2020 the contractor “American Sweeping Company LLC” will start the neighborhood sweeping in Ward 7 and will sweep each ward until the city is completed. Sweeping will be done during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Should inclement weather prevent sweepers from working in your area as scheduled they will return in 7 days from the date originally scheduled.

Please remove all cars from the area’s listed below on the scheduled dates. Please keep them off the street until operations are complete. The sweeper may make several passes before the area is completely clean.

DATE WARD PRECINCTS
 Monday, Nov. 2nd 7 1 & 2
 Tuesday, Nov. 3rd  7  1, 2, 3, &4
 Wednesday, Nov. 4th  7  1, 2, 3, &4
 Thursday, Nov. 5th   7  2, 3, &4
 Friday, Nov. 6th  7

6

 3 & 4

1

Sweepers will go around large objects and yard waste; in such situations you will have to clean this material yourself. Please encourage your neighbors to do the same and do not create piles in the gutter.

“WHERE NECESSARY, VEHICLES IMPEDING SWEEPING OPERATIONS WILL BE TICKETED OR TOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CITY ORDINANCES”

A clean neighborhood increases property values and reduces a source of food for vermin. Remove potential environmental pollution and makes for a safer neighborhood. Please help us to improve our City environment. Thank you.

The above press release was sent to us by the Lynn Dept. of Public Works.

LCTV will release the schedule every Friday afternoon for the next week while street sweeping is being done on our Facebook page.


 

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Reminder: Fall 2020 Commuter Rail Schedule Changes Take Effect November 2

The MBTA is reminding customers of upcoming schedule changes coming to the Commuter Rail network this fall effective Monday, November 2. These updates are being made in response to changing ridership patterns on the Commuter Rail as a result of the pandemic. Upcoming Commuter Rail schedules are available at mbta.com.

The goal of these schedule changes is to accommodate traditional ridership while also adapting service where commutes have changed (to accommodate new staggered work start times, for example) and where the Commuter Rail may become a new option for some customers. These schedules aim to level out service consistently over the course of the day and eliminate gaps in mid-day service, providing more options to riders that promote social distancing.

More Information on Fall Changes Effective November 2:

Full schedules effective November 2 are available at mbta.com. Train counts will increase on weekdays from 505 in fall 2019 to 544 in this fall 2020, utilizing the same number of train sets and crews as October 2019. Thirty-two of the thirty-nine new trains (82 percent) will serve either Fairmount, Brockton, or Lynn:

  • Fairmont service: This fall, mid-day service will operate every forty-five minutes (fall 2019 mid-day service operated every sixty minutes).
  • Brockton service: This fall, mid-day service will operate every sixty to seventy minutes (fall 2019 mid-day service ranged ninety to 120 minutes).
  • Lynn service: This fall, mid-day service will operate every thirty minutes (fall 2019 service ranged thirty to ninety minutes).
  • Providence service: Service will be more evenly distributed throughout the day with consistent, all-day service and sixty-minute headways.
  • Worcester service: Better commute options will be offered with the reintroduction of Express trains. The Heart to Hub service on the Worcester Line will also resume, operating at more convenient times and also serving Framingham.

Commuter Rail Service Pilot Updates:

In an effort to fairly assess current Commuter Rail service pilots that have been affected by the pandemic and current ridership counts, changes to some Commuter Rail service pilots will be in effect beginning November 2. The criteria for evaluating these service pilots will also be updated to account for lower ridership and new budget realities.

The late-night South Shore schedule change pilot that began in fall 2019 will be paused. This pilot will be considered in the future when ridership and large events in Boston return.

  • The Foxboro Weekday Service pilot that began in fall 2019 will be temporarily suspended. This pilot is scheduled to restart in spring 2021.
  • The Fairmount Line Weekday Service pilot that added eight additional trips to the Line in June 2020 will continue and be expanded in the fall 2020 schedules. Two more trips will be added in order to provide trains at a regular forty-five-minute interval.

Commuter Rail Fare Pilot Updates:

The Lynn Zone 1A pilot remains in effect through December 31, 2020. This pilot provides additional travel options for North Shore customers, eases crowding on nearby bus routes, and allows the MBTA to collect ridership data related to the effects of temporary fare changes on relieving crowding.

The Five-Day Flex Pass pilot will be extended to December 31, 2020. The Five-Day Flex Pass on mTicket is a bundled fare good for any five days of travel within a thirty-day period.

The Youth Pass is currently valid on all Commuter Rail Zones with this pilot extended to December 31, 2020. The Youth Pass Program is a partnership between the MBTA and participating cities and towns that offers young adults with low incomes roughly 50 percent reduced one-way fares or $30 monthly LinkPasses and was previously only available on bus and subway.

The Foxboro Reverse Commute Fare pilot will end on October 30, 2020. This fare pilot offered a fare equal to that of an interzone 4 fare to commuters who traveled from Zone 1A stations on the Franklin and Fairmount Lines to Foxboro in the morning and returned to Boston in the evening.

For more information, visit mbta.com or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook/TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.


Special double-feature for Halloween!

Updates from state government

  • As of Monday night, DPH reported a total of 148,336 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 9,657 deaths from the virus.
  • The House and Senate on Monday enacted a $5.4 billion interim budget filed last week by Governor Baker that would cover state spending through November while the Legislature continues to deliberate over how to budget for fiscal 2021 in the middle of a pandemic. The interim budget takes effect Oct. 31 when the current three-month authorization expires. It’s the third interim budget approved since the fiscal year began on July 1.
  • The branches also cooperated during informal sessions on Monday to send Governor Baker a bill that would make thousands of workers who were unemployed between the end of July and early September newly eligible for a $300 expanded federal unemployment benefit for that six-week period.
  • As many as 17,000 unemployed Massachusetts residents could become eligible for thousands of dollars in additional unemployment benefits under legislation the House and Senate on Monday passed to provide relief to residents who didn’t initially qualify for the federal Lost Wages Assistance program. The federal program ran in Massachusetts for six weeks from the end of July through the first week in September, but in order to qualify for the additional $300 in weekly unemployment benefits a claimant had to be receiving at least $100 in weekly state benefits. The bill passed by the Legislature on Monday increased the minimum benefit for any unemployment insurance beneficiary to $100 for the week ending Aug. 1 through the week ending Sept. 5.
  • The Senate Ways and Means Committee also included a directive for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to report back by the end of the year on how many people were newly deemed eligible for the expanded benefit and how much money was dispersed. It’s unclear how much the change will cost the state, but sponsors have said it could help bring in $31 million in additional federal dollars for workers who were unemployed during the covered period.
  • The Senate on Monday also agreed to give the Judiciary Committee until Nov. 12 to take action on Rep. Christine Barber legislation dealing with COVID-19 estate recovery issues.
  • A 39-year-old Boston resident is expected to be arraigned in municipal court on a charge of willful and malicious burning in connection with a Sunday morning ballot box fire, police said. The fire, set in a ballot drop box outside the main branch of the Boston Public Library, prompted Secretary of State William Galvin, the state’s elections overseer, to direct local officials to step up their security and monitoring of the drop boxes set up to receive early-voting ballots. Secretary Galvin also asked the FBI to investigate the incident. Boston Police announced Monday that members of the fire investigation unit had identified Worldy Armand as a suspect. Of the 122 ballots that were removed from the box after the fire, 87 were still legible enough to be processed, according to Galvin’s office, and the Boston Elections Department plans to mail new ballots to the other 35 voters
  • Members of a special legislative oversight committee investigating the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home earlier in the pandemic will be back in the western part of the state Tuesday to hear from current or former staff, staffing agencies and unions connected to the long-term care facility about what happened. The committee, co-chaired by Rep. Linda Dean Campbell and Sen. Walter Timilty, traveled to Holyoke last week to hear from families who had either lost a loved one or had a parent or husband still living at the Soldiers’ Home. More hearings this week will focus on testimony from those who have worked at the facility during the pandemic, including an in-person hearing on Tuesday at Holyoke Community College beginning at 11 a.m. and a 9:30 a.m. virtual hearing.
  • The state’s quasi-public development agency MassDevelopment will soon be in need of new leadership with CEO Lauren Liss preparing to step down at the end of the year after three years at the helm. The Baker administration planned to announced Liss’s departure on Monday, and said that Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, who chairs the MassDevelopment board, will be leading the search for the next head of the agency. No reason was given for Liss’s departure, though her contract is up this year.

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From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 471 with 27 new cases today. 4,932 Lynn residents have recovered and 122 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 5,525. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st

Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until December 31st.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).

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