Transportation

Wanted: Super hero to run the T

Wanted: Super hero to run the T

Posting for CEO job contains no salary info

THE JOB POSTING for the new general manager/CEO of the MBTA seeks someone with exceptional skills but offers no hint at what their pay will be. “The MBTA is seeking a strong, innovative, and strategic visionary and turnaround executive,” says the six-page position specification. “This leader will have the proven ability to transform organizational structure,(...)

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T’s new mantra: ‘Cut to invest’

T’s new mantra: ‘Cut to invest’

Officials call for halting weekend commuter rail, limiting The RIDE

STATE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK coined a new term on Monday to summarize the Baker administration’s budget philosophy for the MBTA: “Cut to invest.” In a briefing with reporters, Pollack said the T is determined to eliminate its structural operating deficit in the coming fiscal year and plow state aid that would normally be used(...)

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Extend the T’s Pacheco Law exemption

Extend the T’s Pacheco Law exemption

Let’s fix the MBTA once and for all

“Competition is a good thing,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve.  “It drives innovation; it drives productivity.”  That sums up the importance of extending the MBTA’s exemption from the Pacheco Law, the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law. A three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law was granted as part of the 2015 emergency legislation aimed at fixing the troubled MBTA. In an announcement that raises(...)

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We may be No. 1, but not in transportation

We may be No. 1, but not in transportation

Mass. ranks 45th in nation due to decay and delay

AFTER CRUNCHING MORE than 60 metrics, U.S. News & World Report and the consulting firm McKinsey recently declared Massachusetts the #1 state in the nation. Our Commonwealth’s success is built on the strength of our education system (ranked at #1), health care (#2), and overall economy (#5). All Massachusetts residents can take pride in this(...)

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Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

No plans for seeking extension at T, but doesn’t rule it out

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Wednesday that he has no current plans to seek a longer suspension of the Pacheco Law on behalf of the MBTA, but indicated his thinking could possibly change. “At this time, we’re not going to seek an extension,” he said. He noted, however, that a series of initiatives approved by(...)

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Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law

Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law

Pollack: No plan to seek extension of suspension

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is showing no signs it will push the Legislature for an extension of the MBTA’s three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law, which regulates how state agencies can privatize services. “At this time we are not planning to seek any changes in that,” said Stephanie Pollack, Baker’s secretary of transportation. “We have not(...)

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Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations

Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations

T, commuter rail operator will split any increase in revenue

THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR received the green light on Monday to launch a five-year campaign to cut down on fare evasion and increase ridership, with the $9 million-a-year cost slated to come from a revenue-sharing arrangement with the transit agency. The arrangement, approved by the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, could have a(...)

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No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

CommonWealth should have called out Pioneer Institute official

I AM A FAN of MassINC and CommonWealth magazine, and a regular listener to the podcasts you produce. But I want to express in the strongest terms possible my outrage and disappointment in the standards on display at the end of that podcast featuring state Auditor Suzanne Bump and the Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan regarding(...)

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MA transportation system is falling behind

MA transportation system is falling behind

Repair costs are rising as revenue continues to lag

ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, our infrastructure is in desperate need of modernization and expansion, from our roads to bridges, to trains and buses, to subway and rail stations, to bike paths and more. Investments in transportation can connect us to jobs, education, and healthcare, reduce the time we spend stuck in traffic or waiting for a(...)

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