Button saying "Baby on Board"

Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: MTA launches subway etiquette campaign and Springfield Union Station will have 200 surveillance cameras.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) rolled out a new element in its subway etiquette campaign on Mother’s Day.  Customers with specialized needs who need a seat can wear a MTA-issued button so fellow riders can easily identify them. Customers who are pregnant can choose from a “Baby on Board” button or a “Please Offer Me a Seat” courtesy button, which can also be worn by seniors and riders with disabilities.  “Pregnant riders, seniors, and those with disabilities often need seats more than others but their condition may not always be visible,” said MTA interim executive director Ronnie Hakim in a statement. “We hope this campaign will help their fellow riders to be more willing to offer them a seat without having to ask a personal question first.” Customers can request a button online; no documentation is required. Transport for London has a similar program, but this is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. The pilot program runs through Labor Day.

When the renovated Union Station opens in Springfield (MA) next month, more than 200 surveillance cameras will cover nearly every part of the new transportation hub.  “This station belongs to everybody,” said Christopher J. Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station. “Everybody should want to be a part of it. Everybody should feel comfortable visiting it.” Union Station was built in 1926 and closed in 1973 with the exception of a small section used by Amtrak. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, which operates mass transit in the Springfield area, and long-distance operator Peter Pan Bus will move into the terminal. Link to full story in MassLive.

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