Photos by jaswanth madhavan
The Grand Junction Railroad may become a commuter rail link between Boston’s North Station and Worcester. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has purchased the rights to the rail line, which runs past Simmons Hall and over Massachusetts Avenue, and is investigating the possibility of upgrading the tracks for commuter rail use. If realized, a commuter rail line along Grand Junction could mean that as many as 25 trains per day will travel the tracks, a marked increase over the light freight use it experiences today. The Cambridge City Council has come out against commuter rail, citing a potential impact on already-congested Cambridge streets, noise pollution, and the lack of any apparent benefits of commuter rail for Cambridge communities. MassDOT says that linking Worcester and North Station will strengthen the regional economy. The tracks run directly under Building 46, MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences complex.
A student signs up to be an MIT Green Ambassador. The MIT Green Ambassadors Program, supported by the MIT Campus Energy Task Force, seeks to empower a network of individuals across campus to promote sustainable initiatives and practices at MIT.
A bike repair station in front of the Koch Cancer Institute was one of the eco-friendly services provided as part of the Earth Day Fair on Thursday.
The MIT Electric Vehicle Team displays an old 1976 Porsche fitted with modern electric engines at the 2011 Earth Day Fair. Yesterday’s fair featured conservation groups and student organizations promoting eco-friendly policies.
John Solder, regional finalist at the Siemens Competition, explains his work on modifying neurons to be activated by light. The Siemens Regional competitions took place in Johnson on Friday and Saturday.
The five-percent MIT student discount promotion at Shaw’s is over. The marketing department did not respond to multiple attempts to contact about why the discount was discontinued.
Prince Kavu, from Northeastern University, participates in Man of the Year 2012 this past Sunday evening. The event was hosted by Black Women’s Alliance.
Children of different ages wearing Halloween costumes meet Tim the Beaver at HallowMIT on Saturday, the 27th of October at Z Center. The annual event is hosted by MIT Recreation and the Association for Student Activities, and is primarily a fun event for children.
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