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What’s the 311: Needle on Sun Court, Battery St. Graffiti, Delivery Truck in the Bus/Bike Lane

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at

Needle Found at Sun Court

This 311 user reported a needle found on Sun Court Street, near where where students enter and exit the St. John School.

The original 311 post can be found here. The post was opened on November 18 and closed on November 19 with the note, “one needle was recovered from this location.”

Graffiti on Battery Street

This 311 user writes, “Living here 15+ years, and this has never happened. It’s a heavy tourist street with hotel across the way, not what the north end represents. Happened late Thursday evening 11/21 or early am in 22nd. Who is responsible to clean up? It’s 30 Battery street.”

The original 311 post can be found here. The post was opened on Saturday, November 23. It remains open as of Sunday, November 24.

Delivery Truck in the Bus/Bike Lane

This 311 user writes, “Delivery trucks park in the bus/bike line on North Washington Street daily. This is also a MBTA bus stop and BPS 547 bus stop. Please provide on site enforcement or physical barrier from entering the lane.”

The original 311 post can be found here. The post was submitted on Friday, November 22 and closed the same day with the note, “moved.”

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12 Replies to “What’s the 311: Needle on Sun Court, Battery St. Graffiti, Delivery Truck in the Bus/Bike Lane

  1. There is no reason that this “bus lane” cannot be utilized by delivery trucks. There is enough room for all. The city is tight and these trucks, which play a vital roll in our economy, should be able to use this space to.

    1. That behavior completely undermines the purpose of the bus lane, which is to move the tens of thousands of riders of the 111 and other buses that travel on N. Washington Street daily.

      Instead, the City should designate part of the right-of-way on Valenti Way for delivery vehicles. The three travel lanes are unnecessary given the traffic volumes on that street.

      1. These oversized Sysco tractor trailers park illegally all over the neighborhood nearly every day. Because they are so large, they are frequently unable to find designated commercial loading zone spaces that will accommodate their size, so they often just double park wherever its convenient, blocking all sorts of traffic, not just in bus lanes.
        The City needs to enforce the weight restrictions that are already in place and require Sysco to send smaller trucks into the NE that won’t further damage our badly deteriorating roads. Parking tickets alone aren’t going to deter delivery companies – it’s just the cost of doing business.

      2. The delivery truck isn’t staying there for hours at a time. It makes some deliveries and then leaves. It is not taking up the entire length of the bus lane. A bus can easily merge back into traffic safely, especially mid afternoon.

        Also, yes the 111 bus does transport thousands per day. However, most of those riders are late at night once the restaurants begin to empty out. Those busses are pretty empty during non-rush hours. A few riders at most. I doubt this delivery truck caused any disturbance.

        1. Noah, join me at this corner on North Washington Street one morning and you’ll see full buses heading to Haymarket. Even though a delivery truck may only be in the lane for 10 minutes, that still would delay hundreds of riders. We can do a lot better.

  2. That “Rogue” graffiti tag is all over the place around Battery and Commercial St. I don’t understand why someone feels the need to do something like that and I hope they won’t be returning to our neighborhood.

    1. Their probably neighborhood kids. The needle found was definately left by a local. An outsider isnt going to come to the neighborhood just to dispose of a needle. Never heard a followup about the group who vandalized the benches in the Gassy as to whether they were from the neighborhood?

      1. It’s a pretty pathetic existence. Having a place in the North End, probably paid for, from home. Getting educated at the expensive private schools and having to go home for Thanksgiving adorned with needle marks.

          1. It’s relatively new situation. That would be a good guess. Not only that, but I’ve seen it in action. So it makes it a really good guess.

  3. Same individual tagged the condemned building at 454-464 Hanover. Tagging is on the Commercial Street side.

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