Transportation

Moulton, Baker to meet on N-S Rail Link

Moulton, Baker to meet on N-S Rail Link

Connecting the north and south halves of the state's commuter rail system could promote economic development

US Rep. Seth Moulton indicated his push for a rail link between North and South stations in Boston is picking up some momentum. He told a small group of business executives in Salem that he is meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday to talk about the rail link and he hinted that a “private(...)

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Three officials part of attempt to change the T’s culture

Three officials part of attempt to change the T’s culture

Agency trying to shed its 'insular and slow-moving bureaucracy'

Photographs by Frank Curran WHEN BRIAN SHORTSLEEVE took over as chief administrator of the MBTA in August 2015, he wanted to shake things up. The former managing director at the Cambridge venture capital firm General Catalyst saw the T as “a very insular and slow-moving bureaucracy,” so over about 18 months he replaced about half(...)

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Debate over new T revenues coming

Debate over new T revenues coming

Advisory board urges land transfer tax, shifting ferry operations to Massport

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday unanimously approved a $2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year and indicated it would tackle the issue of whether the T needs a new source of revenue later this year, probably after the election. The issue of new revenues has been simmering for several years, but it appears(...)

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T, Keolis launch first-of-its kind ad campaign

T, Keolis launch first-of-its kind ad campaign

Trying to entice leisure travelers, reverse commuters on to trains

THE MBTA IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW, launching an advertising campaign to convince leisure travelers and people who live in Boston and work elsewhere to give commuter rail a try. Officials at the T and its commuter rail operator, Keolis, want to attract passengers to already existing train routes that currently have few riders. They say(...)

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Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Don’t stop at Charles, extend Blue Line to Kendall

THE RED-BLUE CONNECTOR is back in the news, with the state funding a small study to examine whether the project might be feasible. When we last left it, the connector was tagged with a laughably-high price tag of $750 million for a deep bore tunnel, even though the existing Blue Line tracks extend west to(...)

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Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Boston mayor proposes increased penalties to raise $5 million for transportation needs

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH will unveil a $5 million plan to improve the city’s transportation system, ranging from repaving roads and sidewalks to creating dedicated bus lanes, and plans to hike parking violation fines to pay for the effort. Walsh plans to include the money in his fiscal 2019 budget to be unveiled Tuesday and(...)

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Beaton OKs South Coast rail phase one

Beaton OKs South Coast rail phase one

Says service would attract 1,600 riders by 2030

THE STATE’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIAL on Monday gave the green light to a project that would phase in rail service from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River, with the first phase launching in 2022. Matthew Beaton, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, issued his decision shortly after 5 p.m., clearing the way(...)

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Canceled T bus trips on the rise

Canceled T bus trips on the rise

Two-thirds of MBTA drivers on FMLA

THE NUMBER OF CANCELED BUS TRIPS is rising at the MBTA primarily because of unscheduled absences taken by drivers. MBTA officials told members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that more than 2.5 percent of bus trips were canceled during the last three months of 2017, which was up almost 1.5 percentage(...)

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