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.

October Virtual Meeting Information

The October/Annual Meeting will be held on October 1 at 7:30PM EDT. BSRA Members and guests can access the meeting live via Zoom using the link below. Regular Members should also review full reports at this link before the meeting, as they will be voted on for approval.

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: 823 9369 8073
Passcode: 333221

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
  • Voting and making motions are limited to Regular Members in good standing only; all others are asked abstain from voting. Motions are subject to member verification by the Board before proceeding


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 do not currently record our monthly meetings. This is primarily due to both the effort required to do so properly, and copyright concerns around the sharing of content created by others. 

The BSRA does not permit any video, still, or sound recording of the entertainment programs at our in-person, live meetings. This policy applies to entertainment provided at our virtual (Zoom) meetings as well. This is out of respect for the rights of our presenters and out of consideration for all members of our audience, and to ensure that we are in compliance with copyright and intellectual property law.

If individual members want recordings of entertainment programs provided at our meetings, we suggest that you contact the presenter and make arrangements directly with the presenter for the material you want. It is up to the individual presenter to determine to what extent they are willing to do so.

We appreciate your co-operation. Thank you.

Upcoming Meetings & Entertainment

Below is a list of our next scheduled meetings and their entertainment programs.

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 transit subjects, especially those involving cities in the Northeast.

October 1, 2022
ENTERTAINMENT TBD

A member will present transit photos. George Chiasson’s show originally scheduled for this meeting has been postponed to January.

NOTE: This is also serves as our Annual Meeting; the Business Meeting will be longer than normal.

November 5, 2022
Peter Ehrlich Visits Pittsburgh and More

Transit historian, retired San Francisco Muni motorman, and author of San Francisco’s F-Line, Peter Ehrlich will give a digital program featuring Pittsburgh trolleys, from the Pittsburgh Railways epoch, PATransit’s colorful Geissenheimer era, and beyond — from the 1950s right up to 1999, when Pittsburgh’s last PCCs operated. Peter will also take us to Yakima, Washington, for a visit to the Selah line, the last Yakima Valley Transportation interurban route; make brief stops in Seattle and Portland; and give a look at the North Shore Electroliners, perhaps the finest interurban cars ever built. There may also be a surprise or two!

December 3, 2022
New Power to the Pantograph?

AMERICAN RAIL POLICY AND THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD’S ELECTRIFICATION PLANS, 1968–1982. Jacob Deck presents a summary of research in the Union Pacific archives concerning the electrification studies the railroad completed between 1968 and 1982. Led by the dynamic John C. Kenefick, the mighty Union Pacific was at the forefront of a wave of interest in mainline rail electrification during this era. The presentation will explore the route, technical details, and motive power of a hypothetical UP electrified zone, as well as the obstacles, both political and economic, that kept such a zone hypothetical. Remember, there is always a Massachusetts connection.

JANUARY 7, 2022
The First Very Last Trackless Trolley Show (Part One)

George Chiasson will present the first segment of a program on all four MBTA “North Cambridge” trackless trolley routes (71–Watertown, 72–Huron, 73–Waverley, and 77A–North Cambridge), from the early days of the last generation of trackless trolleys — the MBTA Neoplan-built, Skoda-equipped 4100-series trolley coaches — to the last day of operation, all geographically arranged in great detail. A couple of photos of the previous New Flyer generation will also be included.

NOTE: This show was originally scheduled for October 2022.

Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9, and October 14, 2023.

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.