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New Boston Bridge; T Ridership Jump; Comm. Ave. Redo

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NORTH END/CHARLESTOWN—It will be years, however, before a new bridge between the two neighborhoods is finished: "But the old bridge may not have to carry the load much longer: A proposal for a new $90 million expanse is nearing completion, and Jayasinghe said he expects to unveil plans and pictures to the public in September." [Globe]
HUB-WIDE—We can't stop riding it, even with the fare hikes and the so-so service: "Latest MBTA figures show a 4% increase in ridership in its latest fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Increases approaching 8% on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines and commuter rail were balanced by a 5.5% decrease in Green Line ridership. But usage jumped 5.6%." [Hub]
BOSTON—The revamp of the stretch of Commonwealth Ave. around the BU Bridge will involve no headaches whatsoever: "Boston Transportation Department Commissioner James Gillooly likened the process of figuring out how to adequately please everyone that utilizes the busy street to playing with a Rubik's Cube." [Daily]