Tag Archives: Transportation

TOD Development Potential

I ran across this link to a MAPC study, browsing news for work. TOD or Transportation Oriented Developments are getting a lot of talk today and places like Melrose are already trying to capitalize on the idea. I thought to post the following link to the study  on GMG as the concept could be looked into for Gloucester and perhaps Beverly. The effort usually takes a zoning overlay district that allows mixed use developments and areas with strong connections to rail and bus systems. Not sure if anyone’s thinking along these lines already.

Follow this link to the MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) study of stations within the Metro area showing potential for development and capacity. Melrose has now proposed zoning changes in it’s Tremont/Essex Street Commuter Rail Corridor. Some of these include relaxed height restrictions allowing 4 stories, up from 2 stories, greater density, and broadened scope of allowed uses.  Great ideas for growth going forward with incorporation of public transportation as a foundation. http://bit.ly/1pWsmKY . IMHO!





Wind Turbine Transportation Time- Lapse Video From Jay Groccia

Jay Groccia from http://www.onsitestudios.com/   writes-

Hi Joey,

I was hired by Varian Semiconductor to produce a time-lapse documentary film of the installation of their wind turbine.

I started shooting this week and I met Fred of Bodin Historic Photo while the hostess was getting me a coffee Gloucester Cruiseport restaurant. He asked me a few questions about the project and then we said goodbye. The next day I walked into his shop and as soon as I entered he exclaimed, "Hey, I met you last night!". We chatted more and then he introduced me to your blog.

Here is a sneak peek of the film – it shows the barge arriving and a blade getting transported to the site.

Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle Kicks Off The 2012 Season With A Brilliant New Feature!!!! Brilliant I Tell You!!!

Holy Crap How Brilliant!!!!!  You Can Call The Boat Directly and Request A Pick Up!!!!!!




Say you’re over by our dock at Captain Joe & Sons In Cripple Cove and you want to get downtown.   Simple. Save the number listed below to your cell phone, give them a calla and they’ll include you in the stops along the route.  So you hang out at Cripple Cove Playground (Benjamin Smith Playground really) and then hop on and get over to Rocky Neck, Downtown, Harbor Loop.


SAVE THIS NUMBER DAMNIT!  Like Right Now, punch it into your smartphone

978 290 3496

Then when you’re casually strolling around Rocky Neck hanging out at our Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave impress your friends and relatives by whipping out your cell phone and calling the water shuttle directly. 




Here’s The Presser-

Dear Joey,
Happy to announce the beginning of the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle 2012 season.
Memorial Day weekend we will be operating from 12 to 6 pm.
Weekends during the Spring and Fall, 12 to 6pm.
Also, we have expanded our Summer weekend hours as follows:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 9pm,
Sundays through Wednesdays 12 to 6pm.
We will be adding a new stop (on request) at the head of the harbor (Three Lanterns).
Seasonal Passes will be available for $50 per season (great deal!!!)
Aside from the regular stops at Harbor Loop, St. Peter’s Landing and Rocky Neck,
the boat will be reachable by phone at 978 290 3496  to request stops from
Cruiseport, Cripple Cove and Three Lanterns.
Thank you for your support regarding the Shuttle operation, and HAPPY SUMMER 2012!
Steve Douglass
Harbor Tours, Inc