Transportation

Accounting maneuvers, one-time gains helped balance T budget

Accounting maneuvers, one-time gains helped balance T budget

T denies using gimmicks, but one advocate says numbers don’t pencil out

WITH GOV. CHARLIE BAKER running for reelection, the MBTA balanced its budget for the first time in a decade by using a series of accounting maneuvers and one-time revenue gains. The T had expected to tap a legislative appropriation for $30 million to cover its fiscal 2018 costs, but the transit agency announced earlier this(...)

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Keolis hit with $8.2m in fines in FY18

Keolis hit with $8.2m in fines in FY18

Close to 1 of every 10 train runs incurred some penalty

THE MBTA ASSESSED record-level fines on its commuter rail operator in fiscal 2018, but Keolis Commuter Services said the penalties are not as severe as they appear because the company is running a lot more trains than it has in the past and fines have increased with inflation. Keolis paid $8.2 million in fines, mostly(...)

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Who will replace Glynn at Massport?

Who will replace Glynn at Massport?

Initial speculation focuses on Baker cabinet secretaries

TOM GLYNN formally announced his resignation on Wednesday as the CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, putting one of the best jobs in state government up for grabs. Baker administration officials were tight-lipped about who might replace Glynn, but initial speculation focused on two of the governor’s cabinet secretaries – Stephanie Pollack, the secretary of(...)

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Baker makes case for long-term investments in T

Baker makes case for long-term investments in T

Says agency is finally spending money allocated for repairs

COMING UNDER FIRE for aging, crumbling infrastructure at the MBTA, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday trumpeted his administration’s long-term investments in public transit and the promise of better service once new trains and tracks come online over the next several years. Speaking at the unveiling of a mockup of a new Red Line car on(...)

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MBTA balances costs, revenues for first time in a decade

MBTA balances costs, revenues for first time in a decade

Wages, benefits drop by $10m; Keolis hit with $10m in penalties

THE MBTA REVEALED on Monday that its revenues during the year ending June 30 were enough to cover the transit agency’s operating expenses and debt service, the first time that has happened in a decade. Michael Abramo, the T’s chief administrator, said the balanced budget represented a major accomplishment for the transit agency. He said(...)

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T ridership keeps falling but at slower rate

T ridership keeps falling but at slower rate

One bright spot: Commuter rail fare revenue up $7.5m in FY18

THE MBTA SAID ON MONDAY that its ridership is continuing to decline, but the falloff is occurring at a much slower pace than it had been. T officials offered no explanation for the moderating decline but said the MBTA’s experience is similar to what is occurring at most transit agencies across the country. The officials(...)

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T kept public, oversight board in dark about Alewife problems

T kept public, oversight board in dark about Alewife problems

Lawmakers slam transit agency for poor job of communication

THE GENERAL MANAGER of the MBTA said on Monday that the problems with the parking garage at Alewife have been on the agency’s radar screen for close to a year, but members of the agency’s oversight board and legislative officials said they only learned about the issues when some concrete on the second level fell(...)

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More Alewife closures announced

More Alewife closures announced

Garage deemed safe but will close overnight, next weekend

MBTA OFFICIALS and an engineering consultant brought in over the weekend say the Alewife parking garage is safe for use this coming week, but the transit agency plans to bar parking at the facility overnight each day this week and all of Saturday and Sunday to continue making repairs and assessments. The announcement Sunday evening(...)

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T closing Alewife garage over weekend

T closing Alewife garage over weekend

More concrete problems surface; getting vehicles out a concern

THE MBTA SAID on Friday that it uncovered more problems with deteriorated concrete at its Alewife garage and plans to shut down the entire facility over the weekend “to allow for continued repairs and a comprehensive engineering assessment.” The transit agency said its priority on Friday would be for its engineering teams to ensure “a(...)

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T tries to patch up Alewife parking garage

T tries to patch up Alewife parking garage

Even with millions of dollars in repairs, ‘long-term plan’ still needed

THE MBTA ON THURSDAY announced what amounted to a three-phase plan to deal with ongoing structural and cosmetic problems at the Alewife parking garage after a patch of concrete fell from the roof of the second level on to a car. No one was injured when the concrete fell on Wednesday, but T officials said(...)

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