Transportation

MBTA: “May Be Trains Arrive”

Perhaps it’s delay fatigue (as opposed to delayed fatigue), but the operators of the MBTA’s commuter rail had an awful, bad, terrible evening commute Tuesday in the warm drizzle of an early fall day that barely registered a blip on the news radar. The Download, as regular readers know, has a lead item that wraps(...)

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T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant

T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant

UMass Lowell pays half-price for commuter rail

THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday awarded $366 million in bus infrastructure grants to 107 projects in 50 states, including a $2.4 grant to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Massachusetts. The authority, which serves 24 cities and towns in western Massachusetts, plans to use the money to convert its 110-year-old bus maintenance garage into(...)

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T notes: Migraines prompt 40% of FMLA leaves

T notes: Migraines prompt 40% of FMLA leaves

20,000 at UMass Lowell can ride commuter rail for free

ROUGHLY TWO-FIFTHS of the 1,850 MBTA employees eligible for intermittent leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act suffer from migraines, according to Bonnie Haase, the assistant general manager for human resources. At a meeting on Monday of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Haase outlined the steps her office is taking to curb(...)

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MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working

MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working

Oversight board calls for ‘disruptive’ long-term changes

THE MBTA HAS CONCLUDED that its bus network, which handles more than a third of all of the trips provided by the agency, isn’t working. On-time performance overall is 65 percent, well below the not-so-ambitious target of 75 percent. Feedback gathered by T staff over the last year indicates bus service is not reliable, too(...)

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Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez

Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez

But says allegations suggest he knowingly reported false information to Global Power shareholders

A FEDERAL JUDGE IN TEXAS dismissed a second shareholder complaint against MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez for issuing false and misleading financial reports during a previous job. The judge gave him a pass largely because the amount of money involved was so small that it would not have affected an investor’s decision to invest in(...)

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Strapped to the status quo express

Strapped to the status quo express

We can’t keep running away from the need for new revenue

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A PROBLEM talking candidly about its transportation revenue needs. This is not a new problem.  We have been in its grip for decades, and the result has been public policy based largely upon timidity, small and largely ineffective steps, and creative sound bites. Beginning in 1991, governors have often gone to great lengths(...)

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Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Ridership and revenue are up; on-time performance improving

WHETHER YOU LIVE in the Worcester area or the North Shore, in Walpole or Weymouth, we tend to have the same thing in mind when thinking about the MBTA’s commuter rail: going to work in Boston, with trains feeding into two urban hubs at North and South Stations. Many still prefer driving, but for a(...)

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Another clue on declining T ridership

Another clue on declining T ridership

Census data: Telecommuting edges out public transit

NEW CENSUS DATA offer another clue about why transit ridership is falling all across the country, including at the MBTA. The data indicate 8 million workers nationally are now doing their jobs primarily from home, according to a report in Governing. For the first time, telecommuting narrowly edged out public transportation when respondents were asked(...)

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Another clue on declining T ridership

New Census data offer another clue about why transit ridership is falling all across the country, including at the MBTA. The data indicate 8 million workers nationally are now doing their jobs primarily from home, according to a report in Governing. For the first time, telecommuting narrowly edged out public transportation when respondents were asked(...)

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Where will the money for S. Coast Rail come from? 

Where will the money for S. Coast Rail come from? 

Answers won’t be provided until after the election 

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS plan to have South Coast Rail service up and running by November 2022, but they haven’t figured out a way to cover the $1 billion cost yet. About $200 million has either been spent or budgeted so far, but the funding sources for the remaining $800 million haven’t been located. Officials say the Baker administration is working on a(...)

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