Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

No rush in replacing T’s general manager

No rush in replacing T’s general manager

Board chair declines comment on agency’s plans

THE HEAD OF THE MBTA’S oversight board declined to say on Monday whether the transit authority is looking to hire a new general manager. Joseph Aiello, the chairman of the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board, dodged questions after the board’s weekly meeting on whether the agency is in the process of hiring or planning(...)

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T privatizes warehouse operations

T privatizes warehouse operations

Under Mancon, service to improve; firm’s workers paid 42% less

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a $7.1 million contract with a Virginia-based company to privatize the warehouse and logistics operations of the transit authority. Officials said the contract with Mancon is expected to cut T operating costs between $1 million and $5 million a year while reducing parts delivery times from 68 hours(...)

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Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire

Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire

At end of 8 year period, a new selection process would start

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHILE IT’S UNCLEAR who will be in charge of state transportation policy in six years, Baker administration officials said Thursday their plan would be to allow the MBTA’s contract with Keolis Commuter Services to expire once the eight-year contract term ends in June 2022. Officials said they would hope to go(...)

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Standing in a train on a snowy evening

Standing in a train on a snowy evening

(With apologies to Robert Frost)

Whose trains these are I think I know. His office is high atop Beacon Hill though. He will not see me stopping here To watch the tracks fill up with snow.     My out-of-town friends must think it queer To stop without a station near Between North Quincy and JFK The coldest evening of(...)

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T parking revenue up 22%

T parking revenue up 22%

Was uptick due to theft discovery?

THE MBTA’S PARKING REVENUE increased 22 percent over the last five months compared to the same period a year ago, reinforcing the notion that theft by employees of the T’s private parking lot operator may have been tempering revenue gains. The parking problem surfaced in February when daily revenue reports at MBTA lots didn’t match(...)

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T addresses costly shutdown process

T addresses costly shutdown process

Moves up departure of last E-Line train

THE MBTA’S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER said on Monday the agency is moving up by 10 minutes the departure time for the last Green Line train from Heath Street so that the agency’s shutdown process can proceed with fewer delays. Jeffrey Gonneville said the final train from Heath Street through Park Street and on to Lechmere(...)

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T board raises competitive threat from Uber

T board raises competitive threat from Uber

Lang: ‘We need to figure out an aggressive response’

IN THE MIDST OF A PRESENTATION on MBTA revenues, members of the T’s oversight board engaged in a debate about the threat to the transit agency posed by new transportation services such as Uber, Lyft, Bridj, and Zipcar. The T hiked fares more than 9 percent on July 1. On Monday, Evan Rowe, the T’s(...)

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T ‘Picking Room’ taking a hike

T ‘Picking Room’ taking a hike

Software replacing manual shift section process

THEY CALL IT THE PICKING ROOM, the place where T union employees go one at a time by seniority to pick their schedule for the next quarter by making marks on paper sheets posted on the walls. T officials said a new labor agreement approved on Sunday by the Carmen’s Union and Monday by the(...)

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T labor deal yields big wage savings

T labor deal yields big wage savings

Pact guarantees bus, subway jobs but opens other services to privatization

THE MBTA AND ITS LARGEST UNION announced a new labor agreement on Monday that offers an estimated $22 million a year in savings to the transit authority while putting core operations, particularly bus service, off-limits to privatization. The contract between the T and Carmen’s Union Local 489 calls for no wage increase in the fiscal(...)

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