One of the Association’s most popular activities is our monthly meetings, which are held at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Avenue in Boston. They are always open to all and free of charge.
Meetings begin at 7:30PM, typically on the first Saturday of every month. A short business meeting (including a detailed current events segment on MBTA news and transit happenings near and far) is followed by an entertainment program, consisting of film and digital slideshows, videos and films of past and present transit operations from around the Northeast, the nation, and the world. Entertainment begins at aproximately 8:15PM and generally lasts about two hours.
In the event of severe weather, we may be forced to cancel a meeting. A notice will be posted on the home page of this website, and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, by 4PM the day of the meeting in the rare event of a cancellation.
We are always looking for presenters at future meetings! If you are interested, please contact us. We generally seek presentations of historic or recent-event subjects, especially those involving cities in the Northeast.
December 2, 2017
Jim Schantz’s Seashore Trolley Museum Update
Seashore Trolley Museum President Jim Schantz will provide an update on recent progress at Seashore, including restoration of some important Boston cars, Seashore’s activities in Boston, and recent developments in the trolley system in Lowell. Finally, he will report on the museum’s participation in the streetcar activities of the American Public Transit Association and the Community Streetcar Coalition, and involvement with new streetcar projects across North America, with bonus photos of some European transit systems from 40 to 45 years ago.
January 6, 2018
Seeking Peaceful Coexistence: Streetcars and Bicycles in the New Urban Environment
Franklyn P. Salimbene, senior lecturer in law at Bentley University, presents a paper on a suit in Seattle, Washington, involving bicyclists who sued the city for injuries they sustained resulting from their wheels being caught in the flange of streetcar tracks on the new West Lake Avenue North streetcar line. The presentation includes a brief historical perspective on the development of streetcars and bicycles as means of transportation in the late 19th century, the legal underpinnings and decision regarding the Seattle suit, and methods being developed in three cities to resolve the dangers of the interface between streetcars and bicycles on urban roadways. The paper can be accessed here.
February 3, 2018
Transit in the City of Angels
Nick Tomkavage will present a contemporary review of transit in Los Angeles, featuring the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority’s modern light rail system and extensive bus network, plus scenes of preserved historic streetcars at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
March 3, 2018
Pennsylvania Traction Museums
George Chiasson will show us photos he took in 2015 and 2016 of traction museums and museum lines in Pennsylvania. This will include Electric City Trolley Museum, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Park, the Strasburg Railroad, and a couple of photos of current service in the area, and wind up with a fan trip on SEPTA’s PCC IIs in May 2015. If time permits, we’ll also see some bonus photos of modern service run by the Maryland Transit Administration.
April 7, 2018
Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Southern New Jersey
Donald Nevin will show us photos he took of Buffalo Metro Rail in 1987, followed by views of transportation in Philadelphia and the nearby part of New Jersey in 2003–04. This starts with a fan trip on the former Red Arrow Lines, using two Kawasaki cars, featuring a chase of SEPTA’s diesel-powered work car that functions as both a line car and a snowplow. Next is trolleycoach service (now replaced by buses) on Snyder Avenue (SEPTA route 79), and then the New Jersey River Line running from Trenton to Camden, NJ. He’ll wind up the show with photos of various scenes on SEPTA.
May 12, 2018
Electric Transit of Kyoto
Nick Tomkavage will share photos and videos of the various forms of electric transit in greater Kyoto. We’ll see scenes of the Keifuku Electric Railroad’s “Randen” tram line, street running on the Keihan Keishin line, the Japan Railway’s Osaka Loop line, and many of the Japan Railway’s other interurban lines. PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will be on the second Saturday in May due to a conflict with another event in the Midtown Hotel.
June 2, 2018
New Jersey Transit
Mike Prescott presents a contemporary review of New Jersey Transit operations, with an emphasis on light rail. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Newark Light Rail will be featured, as well as the River Line and some bus and commuter rail in New York City, Jersey City, Hoboken, Newark, and Atlantic City.
Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
July 14, August 4, September 8, October 13, November 3, and December 1.
Past Meeting Entertainment Reports
Items for Sale at Our Meetings
We typically offer a selection of books and other items for sale as part of our effort to offset the cost of room rent and meeting expenses. As such, we typically do not permit outside vendors to sell items at our meetings.