What if Edward Hopper couldn’t take the train? MBTA train closure mitigation forum June 5 City Hall Gloucester

MBTA Mitigation Public Forum June 5 at 6:30pm in Gloucester City Hall-Kyrouz 2nd floor

landscape with bridge watercolor whitney

One of the most celebrated and beloved American artists of the twentieth century, Edward Hopper, frequently traveled by public rail from New York to Gloucester. Usually it’s fairly simple to experience Gloucester as Hopper and other notables did–by train and on foot. Hopper walked to lodgings just a short jaunt from the train station in downtown Gloucester and to the many sites he sketched and painted. The result was more than 110 works of art, including views of the Annisquam River Bridge to Cape Ann, the boarding house in downtown where he stayed, the railroad gates, and numerous other subjects still visible.

Today, the MBTA route that Hopper took not only serves weekday commuters, but brings visitors to this historic port. Trains connect New England history, the arts, and natural beauty. Summer or winter, trains make it easy to reach a beach, historical site, or favorite restaurant, to get out of the bustle and enjoy lingering in our coastal towns. They offer a real allure, crossing some of the most incredibly scenic vistas of our special New England landscape, and seasonally charming riders.

There’s no question that planned closures in the busiest of seasons will have negative impact for commuters and visitors. Desperate infrastructure needs will regrettably impede long lasting economic developments tied to Massachusetts’ cultural assets, out door recreation opportunities, and other attractions. The necessary closures do offer an opportunity to think about how to increase MBTA ridership including promoting New England’s historical, artistic and natural riches–MBTA as “Massachusetts’ green go-Between for the Train and Arts scene.”

photo captions: There are more than 110 Edward Hopper works of art inspired by Gloucester, MA. Four reference trains: that’s how he rolled. Above Untitled Edward Hopper drawing in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art (catalogue “Landscape with Bridge.”) It is Gloucester, MA. I hope the new bridge design can add a little yellow bridge house reference. Below: Allegra Boverman, Gloucester Daily Times,  2012.

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MBTA Mitigation Planning Public Forum: Monday June 5th

The MBTA Mitigation Public Forum has been confirmed for June 5 at 6:30pm in Gloucester City Hall-Kyrouz 2nd floor to discuss plans for weekend shutdowns of commuter rail service from July 8 through Sept. 30, with MBTA officials joining to answer questions.

Gloucester will host the first of three public information sessions regarding a suspension of MBTA service to the North Shore this summer as a direct follow-up from last month’s original forum.  

Beginning on July 8 and running through Sept. 30, the MBTA will commence weekend shutdowns of commuter rail service for the entire Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail line in order to install Positive Train Control (PTC) systems.

In addition to that, the replacement of the swing span bridge that connects the commuter rail line between Beverly and Salem would require a complete 28-day shutdown north of Salem Station from July 17 to Aug. 13.

MBTA representatives are expected to provide information regarding project details, timelines and recommended alternative transportation options through the MBTA officials directly who are expected to join for all forums. 

The meetings will be held as follows:

– Gloucester: Monday, June 5, 6:30 p.m., Gloucester City Hall Kyrouz Auditorium, 9 Dale Ave.

– Beverly: Tuesday, June 6, 6 p.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St.

– Newburyport: Thursday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. City Hall Auditorium, 60 Pleasant St.

All public meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available.

For accommodation or language assistance, contact Jason Johnson by phone at 857-368-8914, or by email at jason.b.johnson@dot.state.ma.us.

 

 

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