Andy Metzger

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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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Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Secretary says 'we're putting it back on the table'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With a final decision far off, the chief advocate for building a train tunnel beneath downtown Boston and the skeptic from the Baker administration agreed on the next steps towards advancing that proposal. “I don’t think we’re disagreeing on much of anything at this point,” former governor Michael Dukakis told reporters(...)

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$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

Calls for new bicycle tracks along roadway

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TRANSPORTATION OVERSEERS on Monday gave the go-ahead for a $20.4 million reconstruction along Commonwealth Avenue between Brookline and Boston, which will include building cycle tracks along the roadway. About 35,000 vehicles travel the roadway every day, along with 27,000 passengers making use of four Green Line stops, and 30,000 pedestrians,(...)

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$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

Emphasizes repair, modernization over expansion

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AMID CONCERNS about state borrowing levels, state transportation officials on Monday tacked on another roughly $500 million to the state’s five-year capital investment plan, approving a $14.8 billion outlay for highways, transit, and other priorities. The amended plan would send $55.7 million to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority for a new(...)

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T outsources security at revenue facility

T outsources security at revenue facility

New firm, G4S, employed suspected Orlando murderer

STATE HOUSE NEWS FOLLOWING IDENTIFIED VULNERABILITIES at its Charlestown revenue facility, the MBTA shifted security from the MBTA Transit Police Department to the private firm G4S, which is in the news recently for employing the suspected Orlando mass-murderer. “We took immediate action after a consultant identified very, very serious security lapses that we believed were(...)

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