Transportation

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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Let’s boost transit-oriented development

Let’s boost transit-oriented development

Developing housing near transportation is a smart move for all

I WAS RECENTLY honored to accept an award on behalf of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force for our work with respect to transit-oriented development.  Anyone who has seen all the changes which have occurred in Boston in the past few decades understands that there is a direct relationship between property values and proximity to public(...)

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A dirge for taxis

It was raining hard in ‘Frisco I needed one more fare to make my night A lady up ahead waved to flag me down She got in at the light Harry Chapin could never write those lyrics today. The woman would have activated an app on her smartphone and stayed dry while waiting for an(...)

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Despite high scores, T may replace private cleaning vendor

Despite high scores, T may replace private cleaning vendor

Agency backs janitors in push for full-time employees

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY said they may replace one of their private cleaning contractors as part of a  selection process that requires would-be vendors to, wherever possible, maximize the use of full-time employees. The decision is a victory of sorts for the unionized janitors who work for the two firms. They have alleged that the(...)

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T board wary of expansion proposals

T board wary of expansion proposals

Pilot service projects on hold until evaluation policy developed

THE MEMBERS OF THE MBTA’S oversight board indicated on Monday that they are extremely wary of expanding service at a time when so much work remains on improving the quality of existing operations. The concerns surfaced at the Fiscal and Management Control Board’s weekly meeting during a discussion about how to evaluate pilot projects to(...)

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T made little progress reducing absenteeism in 2016

T made little progress reducing absenteeism in 2016

Officials hope get-tough policy will lead to improvement in 2017

MBTA OFFICIALS MADE ALMOST NO PROGRESS last year in curbing employee absenteeism, in part because success in reducing one type of absence was offset by a surge in another area. T officials likened the situation to the whack-a-mole game, where you pound one area down and another pops up. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrative(...)

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Governor rejiggers funding for the T

Governor rejiggers funding for the T

Extra funds split between operating, capital costs

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S BUDGET PROPOSAL for the coming fiscal year calls for giving the MBTA about $60 million less to cover its operating expenses. By law, the T receives a penny of the state sales tax to fund its operations. It has also been receiving an extra $187 million annual state budget appropriation to cover(...)

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Senate going on the road again

Senate going on the road again

Transportation will be a focus of Commonwealth Conversations

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE IS GOING on the road again this year, holding nine so-called Commonwealth Conversations around the state with a special focus on regional transportation needs. The day-long events will for the second year in a row allow senators to hear directly from people in each region of the state, but one common focus(...)

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