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There may come a time when the wave of a smartwatch grants commuters entry to the subway. But here in Boston, that day is not upon us.

In the meanwhile, for commuters who are tired of rifling through purses and wallets for their CharlieCard as the 7:43 a.m. Red Line to Ashmont rolls out of the station, a local engineer has come up with a fix: a 3-D printed plastic dongle containing a chip that communicates with MBTA turnstiles. More →

When it comes to creating technology for cities and citizens, open-sourced data and hackathons and great, but there’s nothing like a real weather emergency to get the creative juices flowing.

The recent spate of storm-related delays and shutdowns on the MBTA have sent local designers into a creative frenzy; the latest proposal to ease the daily commute for Bostonians is an app that can predict the chance for delays and train trouble on the way to work.More →

A new MBTA tracking app launched today that could make a huge difference in the lives of students and other Bostonians who rely on the Green Line as a life line to other parts of the city.

The new Greenline app is far from unique in terms of being an MBTA-focused application —  there are more than 80 different MBTA mobile applications available for use — however, its creator, Alex Grinman, an MIT senior, says the new transit app is different in that it uses real-time data for the Green Line, the most technologically ignored transit line in the city.More →

Jan. 1, 1889 — Just over a century and a quarter ago, Boston and New York had themselves a choice to make: clean up their respective crowded, stinking, horse-jammed roadways with cable-based transit technology a la San Francisco, soot-belching steam trains like London’s, or go for broke with comparatively untested newfangled electric railways popping up in small experimental models around the country?

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