Transportation

Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate

Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate

Connection listed in T planning document for 2040 and beyond

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they are exploring a pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines because it could be done much sooner and at far less cost than a rail link. The T released a draft of a to-do list for 2040 earlier this week that highlighted the Red-Blue pedestrian connection along with a host(...)

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Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Maybe commuter rail trains could operate as MBTA shuttles

THE MBTA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED that the Orange Line would be shut down on weekends between Ruggles and Forest Hills for much of this summer and into the fall. These shutdowns are the consequence of the long-overdue initiative to close the T’s $7.3 billion maintenance backlog. The work coming to the Orange Line now and in(...)

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T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

Idea contained in draft to-do list for 2040

Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story misstated the connection points for a possible pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines. The connection points are State Street and Downtown Crossing stations. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, as part of a draft to-do list for 2040, said they are considering building a pedestrian(...)

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Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Impose a series of fees and use the funds for public transit

Second of two parts (First part can be found here.)  MASSACHUSETTS STATE AND MUNICIPAL DECISION MAKERS must push a reset button and develop a template for a more comprehensive and robust regulatory framework that will guide the operation of Transportation Network Company and autonomous vehicle business models. It’s a necessary first step in the process(...)

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Overhead wire shuts down Green Line

Overhead wire shuts down Green Line

Service on underground section halted for 2½ hours

UNDERGROUND SERVICE on the Green Line was suspended for 2½ hours Tuesday morning when an overhead wire between Arlington and Copley Stations sustained damage that knocked out the system. Thousands of riders spilled out of subway stations at about 8:20 a.m. and had to find other ways to get where they were going as service(...)

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TNCs existential threat to public transportation

TNCs existential threat to public transportation

Ride-hailing apps are a disruptive auto-centric technology

First of two parts ADVOCACY IS WHAT LIKE-MINDED people do, usually in an organized fashion, to effect change in the way government or public policy impacts their lives. Advocacy can take many forms and approaches, from energizing and activating people at the grassroots, to persuading decision makers at the grasstops, to knocking on doors in(...)

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T notes: Bus drivers not easy to hire

T notes: Bus drivers not easy to hire

Grumbling about the 111; no worries on West Station

THE MBTA APPEARS to be having difficulty recruiting new bus drivers and keeping existing ones healthy and on the job. Bonnie Haase, the T’s assistant general manager for human resources, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that the transit agency is having problems recruiting bus drivers who can survive the testing and(...)

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Salvucci takes new tack on West Station

Salvucci takes new tack on West Station

Needed now to help relieve congestion on Turnpike

Transportation guru Fred Salvucci said on the Codcast that the proposed West Station is needed now to deal with congestion in Kenmore Square and the Seaport District, not future congestion caused by Harvard University’s creation of a new neighborhood in the Allston Landing area. Salvucci’s position is sharply at odds with the views of the(...)

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