Transportation

T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

Auburndale upgrade wastes money and doesn’t address rider needs

MUCH OF THE MBTA COMMUTER RAIL network is still not accessible for disabled passengers. But the current proposed solution to add accessibility to the Auburndale commuter rail station in Newton will potentially cost $11 million and make service worse both for riders who use that station, and for the many thousands of daily riders on(...)

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MBTA outsourcing is not paying off

MBTA outsourcing is not paying off

Tab is increasing for Silver Line bus repairs sent to Maine

IT’S A simple equation. Whenever we privatize or outsource public services, we as a state and as taxpayers lose control. Case after case has shown that when we hand over control of core services like vehicle repair, it does not serve the interests of the public in the long-term. Yet, here in Massachusetts, full-blown privatization(...)

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MBTA control board is on track

MBTA control board is on track

Panel should seize the opportunity to push more reforms

REMARKABLE PROGRESS HAS been made since a Fiscal and Management Control Board was installed during the summer of 2015 and given powers not previously available to MBTA management. Yet those accomplishments are just a down payment on what it will take to fix the T, and the clock is ticking. As difficult as many of(...)

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Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Silicon Valley and Detroit aren’t the only hotspots

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that mobility – the movement of people and goods – is an incredibly hot space. Start-ups are cropping up across the entire value chain as significant capital is deployed by incumbent strategic investors, mobility-specific funds like Fontinalis and BMW iVentures, as well as general tech funds looking to get in on the action.(...)

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Patriots set another record

Patriots set another record

T reports highest commuter rail ridership in history

SANDWICHED BY BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK winter storms, commuter rail officials had one more challenge to deal with last week: The highest one-day ridership in the history of the service with fans coming into Boston for the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade. MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shorstsleeve told an informal meeting of the oversight board on(...)

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T considering privatization of core services

T considering privatization of core services

Auditor Bump disputes value of Pacheco Law suspension

THE MBTA, which has already used privatization to cut costs in its warehouse and money room operations and to extract wage and work rule concessions from its largest union, is now pushing to outsource some of its core services, including bus and subway maintenance, bus operations, and customer service. T officials on Monday said the(...)

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T finds demand for late-night

T finds demand for late-night

Control board voices support for restoring bus, possible subsidies

THE MBTA MOVED one step closer to restoring late-night bus service after members of the oversight board gave cautious support for subsidies because of surveys showing there would be an appetite for the service among overnight workers, airport passengers, and late-night revelers. T officials conducted surveys of nearly 7,300 people in November and December last(...)

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T reaches agreement to fix Silver Line buses

T reaches agreement to fix Silver Line buses

Maine governor had halted contract with state-backed entity to refurbish equipment

THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board approved a $1 million addition to a contract with a Maine state government-backed equipment refurbishing company after the pact was suspended by Gov. Paul LePage because the deal was significantly underbid and in danger of costing Pine State residents millions of dollars. Board members okayed the million-dollar addition(...)

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T to jettison parking vendor

T to jettison parking vendor

Officials say revenue discrepancies independent of decision to switch vendors

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD voted to approve a potential 15-year contract with one of the country’s biggest parking management companies, ending a troubled relationship with its longtime lot operator that resulted in missing revenues that went into the millions. Top T officials recommended that the Fiscal and Management Control Board approve a performance-based contract with Republic Parking(...)

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TransitMatters outlines Faster Forward initiative

TransitMatters outlines Faster Forward initiative

Five ideas to boost the MBTA’s performance, ridership

WE AT TRANSITMATTERS were a bit startled to hear the assertion, made in the governor’s recent State of the Commonwealth address, that while “the MBTA’s historic failure during the winter of 2015 laid bare the vital need for a complete overhaul . . . never forget the T always had the money, [and only] lacked(...)

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