Transportation

T praised for response to Women’s March

T praised for response to Women’s March

Also: E-ZPass update, DOT staffing levels fall

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK and members of the MBTA’s oversight board on Monday praised the authority and the state’s commuter rail operator for their response to the huge crowds that took public transit to the Women’s March on Saturday. Pollack said early estimates of how many people would participate in the march had been in(...)

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T building out Green Line Ext team

T building out Green Line Ext team

Two consulting firms put on retainer

THE MBTA IS BUILDING OUT its project staff for the Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford and keeping on board two consulting firms that have helped steer the project to its current slimmed-down form. The Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday agreed to pay Weston & Sampson as much as $16 million and(...)

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Buses are what’s next in transportation

Buses are what’s next in transportation

But only if streets are reprogrammed for bus rapid transit

YOU WAIT 20 MINUTES for a bus, only to watch three show up all at once. Soon after boarding, the glut of vehicles carrying hundreds of commuters comes to a grinding halt as one driver up ahead waits an eternity to make a left turn. If you have ever taken a bus in Greater Boston,(...)

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Logan passengers can now get a Lyft

Logan passengers can now get a Lyft

Massport set to reach agreement with other ride-hailing companies

MASSPORT HAS REACHED an agreement with Lyft to allow the ride-hailing company to operate out of Logan Airport, a move that paves the way for other transportation network companies such as Uber to pick up passengers at the terminals and take one of the last remaining lucrative routes away from Boston cabbies. “This is something(...)

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New T board needs to include municipalities

New T board needs to include municipalities

Cities, via nonresidential parking taxes, must have skin in the game

Second of two parts, first part is here. IN THE FIRST ARTICLE in this series, I wrote about the importance of addressing MBTA governance. A 2015 report from two highly respected transportation think tanks identified a number of reasons why the MBTA’s long-standing governance structure may not be optimal.  A governance structure that arises from(...)

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MBTA governance needs radical makeover

MBTA governance needs radical makeover

Municipalities need to play a much bigger role

First in a two-part series; second part is here. THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is properly in the process of developing a strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future. One element of that plan focuses on the governance of the transit agency, a long overdue and important discussion to(...)

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T starts laying off workers

T starts laying off workers

Reductions part of effort to close $80m deficit

THE MBTA IS LAYING OFF workers to help close an $80 million operating deficit. T officials said the layoffs are part of a larger effort to streamline operations by eliminating 300 corporate and administrative positions. The MBTA’s annual report, released on Dec. 15, said 174 positions had been eliminated through voluntary buyouts and retirements, generating(...)

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Is there room for nostalgia at the T?

Is there room for nostalgia at the T?

Emotions run high over rolling museum pieces on Mattapan Line

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL MANNING THE MBTA RECENTLY DECIDED to replace all the cars on the Red Line rather than just a portion of them. The agency’s chief operating officer, Jeffrey Gonneville, made the case that a Red Line with a uniform style of car would lead to much better service and lower maintenance costs. He(...)

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T subsidy confusion

T subsidy confusion

Passenger subsidies rise -- but maybe not

THE MBTA’S OPERATING subsidy per passenger seemed to increase last year compared to the year before, but officials say the primary difference was in how the figures were calculated. In 2015, the T said the subsidy per passenger on the Red, Orange, and Blue lines was 61 cents. That compared to $1.39 per passenger on(...)

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