Monthly Meetings

One of the Association’s most popular activities is our monthly meetings, which are currently being held virtually via Zoom. 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) is followed by an entertainment program, consisting of past and present transit operations from around the Northeast, the nation, and the world. Entertainment usually begins at approximately 8PM and generally lasts about two hours.

January Virtual Meeting Link

The January Meeting will be held on January 8 at 7:30PM EST. BSRA Members and guests can access the meeting live via Zoom using the button below. Regular Members should also review full reports at this link before the meeting, as they will be voted on for approval.

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Dial in by phone (audio only):
Call 1-646-558-8656 (Outside the US? Find your local number here) and enter the below details when prompted:
Meeting ID: 816 8948 4395
Passcode: 924363

The day of the meeting, a Zoom link will be posted here on this page for members and guests to use to attend the meeting. Reports and items for review will also be shared at this link, and should be reviewed by all Regular Members in advance of the meeting, as they will be voted on for approval.

In the unlikely event we need to cancel a meeting, a notice will be posted on the home page of this website, on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and sent to those on our email list by 4PM the day of the meeting.

Click to view our Zoom Meeting guidelines and tips

We use the Zoom platform to conduct our virtual monthly meetings. At 7:30PM on the day of the meeting, you can join by clicking the link posted on this page, or by dialing in using your phone to the number listed on this page. Please note a few basic rules:

  • All attendees will enter a “waiting room” before being admitted into the meeting by the host
  • All attendees will be muted on entry, and are asked to keep themselves muted for the duration of the meeting
  • Attendees are asked to use the chat feature in Zoom to raise any questions, rather than speaking, to allow the meeting to run efficiently and minimize cross-talk
  • Anyone wishing to raise any items of New or Old Business, or any Current Events items, should also post them using the Chat feature when prompted during the meeting

Note: You do not need to install the Zoom software to join the meeting, though it does provide a better experience. Instead, you can click “join in your browser” after clicking the meeting link, or you can dial in by phone.

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.

Upcoming Meetings

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February 5, 2022
The Worcester Consolidated Street Railway and its Predecessors and Successors
The original Worcester regional transit system stretched from Rhode Island to Fitchburg, ran through to Springfield and Providence, and provided comprehensive freight service. Leo Sullivan presents a tour back through time of this surprisingly extensive system.

March 5, 2022
Transit Pictures from the NYC and DC Areas
Jacklyn Thibodeau will present her pictures of various modes of transit and transit agencies in the New York City and Washington DC areas, taken 2016–2021. This presentation will feature subways, buses, commuter rail trains, and other transit systems besides the MTA and the Washington Metro.

Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 10, October 1, and November 5 2022.

Past Meeting Entertainment Reports

We have offered a wide variety of entertainment through the years, and provide detailed reports of past meetings at the link below.
View 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.

Click to View Full Policy on Outside Vendors

Outside vendors will not be permitted to sell items at the BSRA’s monthly meetings; only official sales by the BSRA itself will be allowed. This policy applies to sales of all categories of items, including (but not limited to) books, magazines, videos, photos, slides, memorabilia, collectibles, and event tickets.

In rare cases, exceptions to this policy may be made on a one-time basis, but any such exception will require at least two weeks’ advance notice in writing from the vendor to the BSRA, and must be approved by majority vote of a committee consisting of the BSRA President, Vice President, and Treasurer. (In the absence of either the Vice President or Treasurer, the Publications Director may serve as an alternate.) Once the committee has approved the request of a given vendor to sell at a given meeting, notice of that approval will be issued to the vendor in writing by the BSRA President or his designee.

If an exception is made pursuant to the above paragraph, and if the vendor is selling tangible items that would be subject to Massachusetts Sales Tax, then the vendor must be registered with the Sales and Use Tax Division of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. A copy of the vendor’s Form ST-1 must be included with his/her written application to sell at a BSRA meeting, and the vendor must also have a physical copy of the Form ST-1 with him/her at the meeting where the sales are conducted.

Approved by the BSRA Directors at their meeting on August 14, 2014