Transportation

Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

MBTA needs to adopt 21st century management practices

IT’S ALL BUT irresistible to characterize the MBTA’s efforts to contract out part of its bus maintenance operation as a union issue: Will bus maintenance continue to be performed by unionized T employees or will it be privatized? But focusing on that question misses the point. The proposal is really about bringing bus maintenance management and practices into the(...)

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T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

New website is here, plus fare and signals systems on the way

NEW MBTA GENERAL MANAGER LUIS RAMIREZ said he spent a lot of time traveling on buses and subways over the last week and came away convinced that most riders don’t think the T cares about them. At his first meeting of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Ramirez said he wants to change “the narrative(...)

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T, bus repair union negotiating again

T, bus repair union negotiating again

Lang, of oversight board, working both sides

MBTA OFFICIALS AND THE UNION representing workers at three bus maintenance garages facing privatization have entered into serious negotiations, with a member of the T’s oversight board working to bring both sides together. The T and the union, which had barely talked for months, have met three times in the last two weeks and are(...)

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Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

T: Performance slightly below what was expected

A PROGRAM RUN BY KEOLIS Commuter Services to refurbish older, out-of-service commuter rail locomotives is off to a bumpy start. Three locomotives have gone through the so-called UTEX program so far, and all three encountered problems that took them back out of service. Two of the locomotives, which came online in April and May, experienced problems(...)

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Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking,(...)

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Marching orders for the T’s new GM

Marching orders for the T’s new GM

Bonus tied to on-time performance, boosting capital spending

THE MBTA’S NEW GENERAL MANAGER will be paid a bonus of as much as 10 percent this fiscal year if he holds the line on operational spending, increases capital expenditures by 12 percent, hires a series of top administrators, and succeeds in boosting on-time performance of buses, subways, and commuter rail. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack(...)

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T notebook: Another privatization initiative

T notebook: Another privatization initiative

IXP hired to run police dispatch at fixed price for 5 years

THE MBTA’s OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved another privatization initiative – outsourcing police dispatch services at the transit authority. The Fiscal and Management Control Board voted 3-0 to hire IXP Corp. of Princeton, New Jersey, to run police dispatch services at a cost of $970,000 a year for three years with an option to renew(...)

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MBTA to issue $574 million in bonds

MBTA to issue $574 million in bonds

Money will be used for capital investments

THE MBTA, with $5.01 billion in debt outstanding, is preparing to borrow another $574 million to raise funds for capital projects. “It’s an ambitious capital program and it needs to be because we need to make a dent in our state of good repair,” said Paul Brandley, the MBTA’s treasurer, referring to the backlog of(...)

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Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

To address airport concerns, height will drop at least 73 feet

THE DEVELOPER MILLENNIUM PARTNERS agreed on Monday to cut the height of its proposed tower in Winthrop Square from 775 feet to at least 702 feet to ease concerns raised about the building’s impact on flight patterns out of Logan International Airport. The lower height, presumably, will also reduce the building’s shadow impact on Boston(...)

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