Transportation

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

Price to restart project comes in $237 million below estimate

THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than officials estimated. The winning bid by GLX Constructors, a group of four construction and engineering firms led by Fluor of Irving, Texas, was(...)

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Walsh’s transportation to-do list

Walsh’s transportation to-do list

It’s a unique moment to address the city’s inequities

In the aftermath of a massive general election victory by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – and recognizing the political capital that goes along with that – it seems a good time to assess the opportunities for meaningful progress on a number of initiatives that have the potential to set Boston and the region on an irrevocable path toward a(...)

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T notes: Questions raised on shuttle buses

T notes: Questions raised on shuttle buses

Is the Green Line Ext. being extended?

OFFICIALS WITH THE Federal Transit Authority have raised questions about the handicap accessibility of Yankee buses being used to shuttle Red Line passengers between stations on weekends when work is being done on the Longfellow Bridge. The questions came up at a regular meeting between MBTA and federal officials and came in the wake of(...)

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T notes: Mass. may hire firm to pursue toll evaders

T notes: Mass. may hire firm to pursue toll evaders

Boston planning a dedicated bus lane

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS are considering hiring a debt collection firm to go after unpaid tolls and fines incurred by residents of Connecticut and a handful of other states. Stephen Collins, the state Transportation Department’s director of tolling, disclosed on Monday that Massachusetts was preparing to solicit bids from debt collectors during a presentation to the(...)

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State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike

State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike

Pollack: Roadway is structurally deficient but safe

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they are spending $800,000 a year to shore up a structurally deficient elevated portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston used by 145,000 motorists every day. The officials are eager to speed up the process of replacing the roadway before vehicle weight restrictions are necessary, but said they first(...)

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T oversight board at impasse on alcohol policy

T oversight board at impasse on alcohol policy

Vote is first deadlock since body was formed more than 2 years ago

THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD reached its first-ever impasse on Monday, deadlocking 2-2 on whether to resume accepting alcohol advertising on a limited basis at the transit authority. The T did away with alcohol advertising in 2012, but agency officials, struggling to raise additional revenue, sought to bring the ads back in a(...)

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Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Let’s improve existing service and help all passengers

DEAR GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO: We read with interest your call for express rail service from Providence to Boston. You are spot-on in thinking that improved rail connections regionally will be beneficial to the people, the economies, and the environments of our respective states. But rather than single express trains serving a few commuters, we respectfully(...)

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After 11 months, unpaid tolls hit $32m

After 11 months, unpaid tolls hit $32m

Amount owed includes $14.3m in late fees

DRIVERS WITHOUT E-ZPASS transponders racked up $32 million in unpaid tolls and late fees during the first 11 months of all-electronic tolling on all toll roads in Massachusetts. The $32 million consists of $16.6 million in actual tolls, $14.3 million in late fees, and $1.1 million in administrative fees accrued for the period from November(...)

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Wynn interested in buying Everett T facility

Wynn interested in buying Everett T facility

Las Vegas developer keen on acquiring property around casino

WYNN RESORTS IS INTERESTED in purchasing a massive MBTA repair facility adjacent to the Everett property where it is building a $2.4 billion hotel and casino, but so far has made no formal offer. Several sources confirmed Wynn and state transportation officials have kicked around the idea of the Las Vegas casino developer purchasing the(...)

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T notes: Agency nearing $1b capital spending target

T notes: Agency nearing $1b capital spending target

More repair projects mean more rider inconvenience

THE MBTA IS CLOSING IN on its goal of investing $1 billion a year in the transit system. Joanna Aalto, who oversees the T’s capital program, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that the agency spent $811 million in fiscal 2017, including $709 million addressing so-called state-of-good repair projects. The T is(...)

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