Transportation

Fact-checking the T’s structural deficit

Fact-checking the T’s structural deficit

Key lawmaker, advocate say there is no shortfall

Over the last two weeks, the MBTA has repeatedly cited the existence of a “structural deficit” to make the case for its controversial spending cuts and privatization initiatives In a presentation on March 13 and again on Monday, T officials outlined a series of tough choices they said were necessary to close a $42 million(...)

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Carmen’s chief sets record straight

Carmen’s chief sets record straight

Says Pacheco Law exemption at T didn't force concessions

IT’S TIME TO set the record straight on why the Boston Carmen’s Union agreed to open up its contract with the MBTA, negotiate amendments that greatly benefit the T, and help the authority climb out of the financial hole it’s in thanks to decades of neglect and underfunding. Everyone appears to have a theory –(...)

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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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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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T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

Auburndale upgrade wastes money and doesn’t address rider needs

MUCH OF THE MBTA COMMUTER RAIL network is still not accessible for disabled passengers. But the current proposed solution to add accessibility to the Auburndale commuter rail station in Newton will potentially cost $11 million and make service worse both for riders who use that station, and for the many thousands of daily riders on(...)

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Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Silicon Valley and Detroit aren’t the only hotspots

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that mobility – the movement of people and goods – is an incredibly hot space. Start-ups are cropping up across the entire value chain as significant capital is deployed by incumbent strategic investors, mobility-specific funds like Fontinalis and BMW iVentures, as well as general tech funds looking to get in on the action.(...)

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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 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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