Transportation

West Station vs. Boston Landing 

West Station vs. Boston Landing 

New Balance station doing much better than expected 

SOMETHING SEEMS AMISS with the state’s ridership numbers for the proposed West Station in Allston. The draft environmental impact report for the Allston Interchange forecasts 250 daily commuter riders and 2,900 bus riders when the station opens in 2040. But a host of people, most of whom want West Station built much sooner, are saying(...)

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T notes: Bus lanes do save time

T notes: Bus lanes do save time

Big changes may be coming on the Green Line

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY said initial results from two experiments in Boston and Somerville showed dedicated bus lanes could dramatically cut route times. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s deputy general manager, said a one-day test on December 12 of a dedicated bus lane on Washington Street between Roslindale Square and the Forest Hills T station showed(...)

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More hurdles for bus maintenance outsourcing

More hurdles for bus maintenance outsourcing

Internal reforms showing promise, past privatization efforts struggling

THE MBTA’S POLITICALLY CONTROVERSIAL PLAN to outsource three bus maintenance garages encountered more obstacles on Monday as the agency grappled with negative fallout from two past privatization efforts and learned internal reforms at some garages appear to be yielding significant savings and improved operations. The T put out a request for proposals to operate three(...)

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Worcester Line performance improves dramatically

Worcester Line performance improves dramatically

Grabauskas credits new MBTA-Keolis partnership in addressing delays

T OFFICIALS SAY A NEW APPROACH to dealing with commuter rail delays improved performance dramatically on the Worcester Line, which in November had its best month in terms of on-time performance in almost three years. The high performance on the line continued into the first two weeks of December. Dan Grabauskas, a consultant brought in(...)

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Checking in on T control board at halfway point

Checking in on T control board at halfway point

FMCB adopts a collegial approach to oversight

  THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is halfway through its five-year term, which seems like a good time to review its progress so far.  The law creating the control board said the five-member group was needed to ensure that the transit authority embraces transparency and accountability, strives for organizational and fiscal stability, and earns the trust of the public.   The MBTA has(...)

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T notes: Agency cuts bus maintenance costs on its own

T notes: Agency cuts bus maintenance costs on its own

Spending falls 16% without privatization

MBTA OFFICIALS, who have been considering privatization of three bus maintenance garages to cut costs, say they reduced spending on bus repairs by 16 percent over a four-month period through management initiatives using existing T workers. A presentation by MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez on Monday said the T spent $36.3 million on bus maintenance(...)

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Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station

Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station

Raises concerns about riders, funding, and layover space for trains

AMID STRONG PUSHBACK from neighborhood activists and others, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack on Monday defended the Baker administration’s decision to put off until at least 2040 the construction of a new transit station serving an emerging neighborhood being developed by Harvard University in Allston. Pollack, at a joint meeting of the boards overseeing the T(...)

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Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext.

Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext.

Notions about value capture need to be broadened

THE CONTRACTOR BIDS on the Green Line Extension have come in below the upside limit established by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, including the restoration of several key features such as the community path, which had been temporarily set aside to ensure a margin of safety to get the Green Line Extension launched.(...)

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MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray

MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray

T’s ex-parking director gives private operator F+, claims costs are rising

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING resigned last week after distributing a 30-page statement detailing how the agency’s parking contractor is not living up to the terms of its contract and how T management is refusing to step in to correct the problems. David Friend said in his statement that he submitted his involuntary resignation after(...)

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Transportation equity key to unlocking state’s potential

Transportation equity key to unlocking state’s potential

Improvements can help lure companies, but we should make them for people who are already here

“IF YOU BUILD IT, they will come.” It’s an appropriate quote for iconic baseball movies, and for a state focused on economic development. Here in Massachusetts, the chatter has been about luring Amazon’s second headquarters either to Greater Boston or one of the other cities across the Commonwealth with bids in the mix. Our state(...)

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