Andy Metzger

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T scrambles to load new fare software

T scrambles to load new fare software

Limited memory on systems making process difficult

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FACING A FRIDAY DEADLINE, the MBTA and its software vendor are scrambling to load new fares into fare gates, vending machines, and systems on buses and trolleys. “We had some challenges last week in terms of replicating in the field what we’re doing in the test lab in Burlington. Something we’re(...)

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Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Secretary says 'we're putting it back on the table'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With a final decision far off, the chief advocate for building a train tunnel beneath downtown Boston and the skeptic from the Baker administration agreed on the next steps towards advancing that proposal. “I don’t think we’re disagreeing on much of anything at this point,” former governor Michael Dukakis told reporters(...)

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$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

Calls for new bicycle tracks along roadway

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TRANSPORTATION OVERSEERS on Monday gave the go-ahead for a $20.4 million reconstruction along Commonwealth Avenue between Brookline and Boston, which will include building cycle tracks along the roadway. About 35,000 vehicles travel the roadway every day, along with 27,000 passengers making use of four Green Line stops, and 30,000 pedestrians,(...)

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$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

Emphasizes repair, modernization over expansion

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AMID CONCERNS about state borrowing levels, state transportation officials on Monday tacked on another roughly $500 million to the state’s five-year capital investment plan, approving a $14.8 billion outlay for highways, transit, and other priorities. The amended plan would send $55.7 million to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority for a new(...)

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T outsources security at revenue facility

T outsources security at revenue facility

New firm, G4S, employed suspected Orlando murderer

STATE HOUSE NEWS FOLLOWING IDENTIFIED VULNERABILITIES at its Charlestown revenue facility, the MBTA shifted security from the MBTA Transit Police Department to the private firm G4S, which is in the news recently for employing the suspected Orlando mass-murderer. “We took immediate action after a consultant identified very, very serious security lapses that we believed were(...)

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House OKs hydro, offshore wind bill

House OKs hydro, offshore wind bill

Smizik drops amendment allowing Cape Wind to compete

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House lawmakers voted near unanimously on Wednesday to diversify the state’s state energy mix by requiring utilities to solicit and enter into long-term contracts for large-scale hydroelectric and offshore wind power as part of a strategy to reduce the state’s reliance on natural gas and meet its carbon emission reduction mandates.(...)

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Public records bill sent to Baker

Public records bill sent to Baker

First legislative overhaul of the law in 43 years

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE AND SENATE each voted unanimously Wednesday to advance to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk a compromise bill that represents the first major overhaul of public records access laws in 43 years. In addition to requiring state agencies and cities and towns to designate records officers to field requests, the(...)

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MBTA GM DePaola, fighting cancer, stepping down

MBTA GM DePaola, fighting cancer, stepping down

Shortsleeve named acting general manager

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MBTA GENERAL MANAGER FRANK DEPAOLA has been battling cancer and plans to retire June 30, state officials announced on Monday. “As some of you know, Frank has been battling cancer for months and he has now come to the conclusion that he cannot focus adequately on his health and the treatment(...)

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Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Calls the current election cycle one of most troubling he's seen

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER TOSSING TROUT into Jamaica Pond on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker heaved aside his earlier notion that the Republican presidential nomination has not yet been decided. The expected showdown between the likely Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton means the governor will not vote for the Republican presidential(...)

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House passes budget 156-0

House passes budget 156-0

Spending in bill surpasses target set by Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE passed a $39.56 billion fiscal 2017 budget Wednesday afternoon, shipping its spending plan to the Senate which plans in May to debate its vision of what state spending should look like beginning July 1. The budget was approved after two-plus days of deliberations marked by light and sporadic(...)

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