Tag Archives: CATA

Gloucester beaches in the Boston Globe | Officer Al D’Angelo, Jack Doyle, Bob Ryan, & Heidi Dallin SHINE!

Ways to beat the traffic and work around MBTA closures– Bob Ryan (General Manager Cape Ann Transportation Authority) and Heidi Dallin (Gloucester Stage and so much more) are such incredible Gloucester–and greater Cape Ann– ambassadors.

Enjoyable read-

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Boston Globe article by Hattie Bernstein  “Heading to the Beach this Weekend? Here’s Some Parking Tips” 

CATA Stage Fort Park trolley shuttle Park N Ride 

Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle  and lighthouse tours

Nichole’s Picks 7/1 and 7/2

Pick #1:  CATA Trolley Shuttle from Stage Fort Park

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Such an easy, fun, and inexpensive ride to get around town AND, total bonus, to Good Harbor Beach, without having to pay to park!  Get dropped off at the foot bridge as early as 10:17 and then the trolley comes back every hour up until 5:17 pm.  Many other fun stops along the way.  See below.  Ummm….and an all day pass costs $3 with children under 5 Free.  And, unless things have changed, if you are riding the trolley from Stage Fort Park, they allow you to park there for FREE.  Total score.

SEASONAL DAYS OF OPERATION
10:00 a.m. to 5:39 p.m.

June 17 through September 4
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
including July 4th and Labor Day

One Way Fare: $1.00
All Day Pass: $3.00

Persons with Disabilities, Seniors
& Persons on Medicare $0.50

Children under 5 years FREE

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE

SEE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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Pick #2:  Newburyport Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival

Free live music Saturday, July 1st at Waterfront Park in Newburyport

Saturday, July 1st
​3:30 to 8 p.m.

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Don’t miss Newburyport’s annual music celebration of America’s roots on July Fourth weekend. Bring the family to Newburyport’s central waterfront for a free concert featuring roots music including Marcia Ball, Nikki Hill, and the Lonely Heartstring Band, with opening act local, teen, guitar sensation Quentin Callewaert.

Event sponsorship gets you VIP seating with free snacks, beer and wine overlooking the event from the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts.  Click the button below to donate and reserve your VIP seating now.

READ ALL ABOUT THE FESTIVAL HERE

Pick #3:  Boston Harborfest 2017

Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th

READ ALL ABOUT THE FOUR DAYS OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS HERE

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With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail® walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!

 

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.

Early June TBA public meeting about MBTA train closures and mitigation plans

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Update from Senator Tarr, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Representative Brad Hill, and Mayor Romeo Theken

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE MBTA TO SCHEDULE A PUBLIC MEETING OF THE MITIGATION PLAN…EARLY JUNE

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From the letter:

4. The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) has offered in writing to assist the MBTA with alternative transportation. 

5. The MBTA has advised us that a transportation mitigation plan is in development and will be released soon. The MBTA plans to have public forums in early June to explain their mitigation plans and to explain how they will communicate those plans to the commuting public.”

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43rd Senior Care Meals on Wheels fundraiser buffet breakfast at Gloucester House

Many familiar faces and organizations came together in support of Senior Care’s Meals On Wheels, and showed up early to help host a festive and delicious event. We enjoyed sharing a table with staff from Cape Ann Savings Bank,  GoldenLiving Center, and Betty and John Erikkala from Lanesville. The Valentine’s Day fundraiser buffet breakfast was pushed back to March 10 due to the winter storm. March being March it was lightly snowing when we left.

 

I missed John and Betty Erkkala’s Souvenirs of Lanesville talk at Cape Ann Museum about their new book, but noticed the pocket ornament. The book is  available at the museum shop. Our marvelous city archives were mentioned once or twice!

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Custom place mats gave thanks for the wonderful sponsors. You’ll recognize people in the photographs affiliated with these organizations and businesses.

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Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.

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photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):

 

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photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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Duh Joey, There already is a Park and Shuttle System in #GloucesterMA That can get tourists off Downtown Gloucester Roads and To The Beaches for next to nothing!

So before Last Night’s Taping Of The GloucesterCast we Had Been Talking About How Gloucester Should Have a Park and Shuttle Solution Like Rockport Does.  Well, Duh, It Has had One For a Long While!  I Don’t Think Many People Know About It Though.

Charlene Delaney who volunteers at the Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center came out and explained Gloucester’s system of parking free at Stage Fort and being shuttled all over town for next to nothing on The CATA shuttle.

For all the info you need click the link to go to the website-

STAGE FORT PARK Shuttle<br>Park n’ Ride Trolley

STAGE FORT PARK Shuttle
Park n’ Ride Trolley

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SEASONAL DAYS OF OPERATION
PARK FREE and RIDE*
10:00 a.m. to 5:39 p.m. June 20 through September 7
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
One Way Fare: $1.00
All Day Pass: $3.00
Persons with Disabilities, Seniors & Persons on Medicare $0.50
Children under 5 years FREE HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE
* No free parking during Waterfront Festival (August 16 & 17) & other city-wide events at Stage Fort Park

CATA Routes & Schedules

WAVE-A-BUS ~ get a ride (more info)

Cape Ann Bus Tale #1

I took the CATA bus to work this morning, and my driver was Gloucester’s Eddie Salah. Knowing that he owned George’s Coffee Shop on Washington Street at one time, I asked him if he was a good cook. “Hell no, I can’t even scramble an egg! Gloucester attorney Mike Faherty ordered a scrambled egg breakfast, and I had  folded it over like an omlette. Mike showed me how to cook it right, and I’m sure he remembers that hilarious event. That was about 40 years ago, when I was a 17 year old trainee.” Eddie is one of the most colorful and entertaining people I’ve met, and a good driver too! Today, Georges is one of the best breakfast joints around, and is still owned and operated by a Salah. https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=george’s+coffee+shop+gloucester+ma&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=ssl

Tree Lighting and CATA, Where Art Thou?

LobsterTree5321wmI’ve never seen the lobster trap tree lighting, but today I was determined. After the 5pm lighting, I walked to the nearby bus stop, and was ten minutes early. Twenty minutes after the pickup time, still waiting, cold and shivering with my walker, I hobbled back to the gallery. What to do? I called Gloucester Taxi (978-283-0099) for a ride home to Rockport. It cost $11 plus tip ($5). I had a nice and smooth ride with driver Scott. Although CATA is 99% reliable, keep a $20 bill in your wallet, along with the Gloucester Taxi business card.

BREAKING NEWS: Stage Fort Park Trolley Shuttle is BACK!

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We just got word from Bob Ryan at CATA that, since the Blynman Bridge weight restriction has been lifted, he was able to scramble and get the Stage Fort Park Trolley Shuttle up and running starting on June 21!  See the trolley schedule here.  This is excellent news for everyone who drives in Gloucester during summer weekends because it means fewer cars — as well as anyone who benefits from tourists coming to Gloucester (which is just about everybody who lives and/or works here as I explain in this post).

Way to go Bob!

CATA’s new website helps you get around Cape Ann on your phone

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CATA Routes Page on an iPhone (portrait)

No, you can’t use your phone as a magic carpet to whisk you to and fro — not yet, anyhow.  But you can use it to see CATA Bus & Trolley schedules.  You can also get real-time transit directions from wherever you are (assuming you have the phone’s GPS feature turned on) and you can call 978-290-5875, follow instructions and get a text telling you when and where to get the next available bus closest to you.  If you see tourists, be sure to tell them about this — and don’t forget to mention that they can park at Stage Fort Park for FREE and take the Trolley Shuttle to downtown, Rocky Neck and the beaches (see schedule here).  Let’s keep their cars off our roads.

So, does CATA have a new app?  Nope.  It’s better than an app.  It’s CATA’s new website built using Responsive Web Design (RWD for short).

Websites that use RWD automatically reconfigure their display depending on what device you’re using.  One reason RWD websites are better than apps is that you can see the ENTIRE WEBSITE on your phone — and it’s optimized for your particular phone’s display based on how you’re holding the phone when you click on the website.

Here’s an example:  The picture above shows what CATA’s new Routes & Schedules page looks like on an iPhone held portrait (taller than it is wide).  Below is the same page on an iPad held portrait.  Click here to see the same page on a computer (but only if you’re on a computer.)

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CATA Routes page on an iPad (portrait)

The top third of this image is what you see on a Droid phone held landscape (sideways).  And when you turn a smart-phone or tablet from portrait to landscape, the website’s design automatically adjusts to the new aspect ratio.

Again, the best thing about RWD is that regardless of the device you use, iPhone, Droid phone, iPad, any other tablet or any computer, you’re getting the complete website — all the info.  And when schedules change, CATA only has to change them in one place and all devices will see the new info automatically.  That’s why Google recommends developing smartphone-optimized websites using RWD (see their recommendations here.)

Pretty spiffy, huh.  WARNING – SHAMELESS PLUG: Vickie and I built CATA’s new website.  That’s what we do when we’re not presenting concerts and keeping gimmesound’s live music listings up to date.

CATA Buss Passes Bus Stop While People Illegally Park

The move of the bus stop can not come soon enough.  I haven’t seen the bus stop spots free of illegally parked cars once and the buses just cruise on past without even pretending to slow down in the designated spaces.

CATA Buss Passes Bus Stop While People Illegally Park, originally uploaded by captjoe06.