Transportation

Silver Line is flawed – but fixable

Silver Line is flawed – but fixable

Improve existing system before adding shuttles, ferries, or gondolas

WITH THE 7.7 MILLION SQUARE FEET of development at Seaport Square approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, and a multitude of other development projects filling in further and further from the waterfront, it has become abundantly clear that the current state of Seaport District transit is inadequate to handle present, let alone future,(...)

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Glitch boosted numbers on MBTA dashboard

Glitch boosted numbers on MBTA dashboard

Disabled train caused long waits for passengers, but delays didn’t show up in calculation

A DISABLED RED LINE TRAIN wreaked havoc with the rush hour commute Thursday night, but you’d never know it from reading the next day’s MBTA performance dashboard. The online dashboard indicated reliability, or on-time performance, overall on the Red Line Thursday was 92 percent – 94 percent during peak travel times and 92 percent off-peak.(...)

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Doing hard time on the T

Vennochi, the new prisoner who just landed in the cellblock, has the same horrid reaction of all the newbies to the utter wretchedness of inmate life: The overcrowding, the cold waits in line, the acute sense that the correctional officers don’t give a rat’s rear about the complaints — or, if they do, realize they(...)

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The big worry

The big worry

Transit ridership is declining as ride-hailing apps gain steam

Illustration by Peter Horjus ONCE A MONTH, the MBTA’s Laurel Paget-Seekins jumps on a conference call with her counterparts at half a dozen transit agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, DC. They are all worried about the same thing.  Why are fewer people boarding their buses and trains(...)

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Mayor of firsts

Mayor of firsts

Yvonne Spicer says she’s undaunted by new challenges—a good trait for the first person to serve as mayor of Framingham.

Photographs by Frank Curran YVONNE SPICER, like a  lot of her fellow Framingham residents, freely admits that she voted against the charter question to make the state’s biggest town a mid-sized city. But once the measure passed by the thinnest of margins, the former teacher and vice president of the Museum of Science did what(...)

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T notes: Control board wants to streamline meetings

T notes: Control board wants to streamline meetings

Mattapan Line struggling; bus maintenance decision due soon

AT ITS 188th MEETING on Monday, the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board began exploring ways to streamline meetings and reduce time demands on the transit authority’s staff. The control board meeting on Monday lasted 2.5 hours with a fairly short agenda, but it’s not uncommon for meetings to run four to six hours. Top management(...)

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MBTA praised for cold-weather performance

MBTA praised for cold-weather performance

Commuter rail under fire; Baker rival gives Keolis failing grade

THE STATE’S TOP TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL on Monday gave the MBTA’s subway and bus operations high grades for rebounding in the wake of last Thursday’s winter storm, but said commuter rail service did not meet expectations. “The goal obviously is to get back as quickly as possible to running the services our riders need and deserve.(...)

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Transportation commission slow to form

Transportation commission slow to form

Baker aides say nothing to report 3 months after call for board

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that Gov. Charlie Baker would sign an executive order “in the coming weeks” creating a new commission to review transportation needs and how the state could fund them. More than three months later, as Massachusetts braces for a blizzard and commuters wonder whether they(...)

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The politics of snow

Many a pol has been accused of waiting to see which way the wind blows before taking a stand. But come wintertime during an election season, the direction doesn’t matter, just who’s responsible for the fallout from the storm. That is especially true this year with all eyes focused on the state’s public transit system(...)

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Walsh will go it alone on Long Island Bridge

Walsh will go it alone on Long Island Bridge

City will pay entire cost and face objections from Quincy

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH’S inaugural pledge to rebuild the Long Island Bridge faces some major hurdles, including stiff opposition from Quincy and putting together the financing for the estimated $80 million project. Walsh used his second inauguration Monday to announce his plan to rebuild the bridge, which was taken down in 2014 after the state(...)

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