Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Baker launches search for new T leader

Baker launches search for new T leader

Urges oversight board to stay on into 2020

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Thursday that his administration is addressing long-term governance at the MBTA, launching a search for a new CEO/general manager and asking the agency’s existing oversight board to stay on an extra two years until June 2020. The search process comes at a critical time for the T. The transit authority(...)

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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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T means-tested fare experiment called bust

T means-tested fare experiment called bust

Riders didn’t respond to discount for The RIDE

THE MBTA ON MONDAY said an experiment with a means-tested fare for its costly paratransit service failed to attract enough riders to make it worthwhile and decided instead to offer customers of The RIDE a broader range of affordable options. The decision cast a pall over efforts to launch means-tested fares more broadly at the(...)

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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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