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Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Legislature insists on a 7 percent limit on all MBTA increases

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE UNPERSUADED BY HIS arguments for greater flexibility in setting fares, lawmakers on Tuesday sent back to Gov. Charlie Baker legislation strictly capping MBTA fare increases at 7 percent every two years. Baker had removed the provision from the fiscal 2017 budget he signed, seeking to give MBTA management a freer hand(...)

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MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

Move marks first time the agency has employed the power to skirt the Pacheco Law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE   THE MBTA PLANS to move its Transit Police dispatching function to the private vendor IXP Corporation, freeing up 15 officers to move to patrol as the T takes advantage of new abilities to outsource work. The $6.1 million contract would pay for three years of private dispatch, moving 15 officers(...)

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Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Allows 7% increase on any fare, pass every 2 years

The Massachusetts Senate both and House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendment to a proposed new cap on MBTA fare hikes on Thursday night. The Legislature had sent the governor a new fare cap of up to 7 percent every two years on any individual fare or pass. The governor’s amendment agreed to the 7 percent cap, but(...)

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Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Returns strict budget provision to Legislature

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER WANTS to give the MBTA a freer hand in raising fares, sending back to the Legislature a budgetary provision that would have imposed stricter limits on raising rider revenue. The budget provision is intended to limit fare hikes, allowing the T to increase the cost of any single(...)

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Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

State official: No site yet, but it could pay for itself

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ONE OF THE POTENTIAL FRUITS of General Electric’s deal to move to Boston – a full heliport – could be established in Boston and a state official on Monday said a temporary helistop could be set up as soon as September. The deal between the state, Boston and GE called for(...)

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Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Responds to concerns raised by House Republicans

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER CONCERNS WERE RAISED in the Legislature and the press, Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file a state budget amendment seeking to ensure that those in the country illegally are not able to gain access to Massachusetts driver’s licenses. Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican, last week raised concerns that language(...)

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T  cash handling mismanaged, report says

T cash handling mismanaged, report says

Door to facility not alarmed or access-controlled

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MISMANAGEMENT OF THE MBTA’S cash handling operation in Charlestown left employees and assets vulnerable to intrusion, coercion, physical danger, and theft, according to a consultant’s review of the facility that handles nearly $200 million per year. Eager to reduce costs, contract for expertise and refocus the T’s operations more purely on(...)

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Carmen’s union offers $24m savings plan

Carmen’s union offers $24m savings plan

Most of the money comes from new worker wage cuts

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A MAJOR LABOR GROUP representing MBTA workers proposed a plan on Monday that it said would net $24 million in savings over four years for the transportation authority as it seeks to eliminate its $80 million structural deficit in fiscal 2018. The proposal would add two years to the Boston Carmen’s(...)

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T scrambles to load new fare software

T scrambles to load new fare software

Limited memory on systems making process difficult

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FACING A FRIDAY DEADLINE, the MBTA and its software vendor are scrambling to load new fares into fare gates, vending machines, and systems on buses and trolleys. “We had some challenges last week in terms of replicating in the field what we’re doing in the test lab in Burlington. Something we’re(...)

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