Transportation

T backtracking on parking rate hike

T backtracking on parking rate hike

Reversal comes after complaints from Braintree’s mayor

MBTA OFFICIALS INDICATED on Monday that they are considering lowering some of the parking rate increases they approved just a week ago, at least for the heavily used Braintree and Quincy-Adams garages. The reversal came about after Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan complained to T officials about the lack of public notice and the unfairness of(...)

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For walkers, the last six inches are important

For walkers, the last six inches are important

Linking bus and walking networks critical to transit improvements

WALKBOSTON HAS BEEN TALKING about transit as the middle leg of a walking trip for many years. We understand that even the most avid walker or walking advocate knows that many trips are too long to make a single-mode-walk trip possible. Now, the transit and active transportation worlds have become more attuned to the facts(...)

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Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate

Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate

Connection listed in T planning document for 2040 and beyond

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they are exploring a pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines because it could be done much sooner and at far less cost than a rail link. The T released a draft of a to-do list for 2040 earlier this week that highlighted the Red-Blue pedestrian connection along with a host(...)

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Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Maybe commuter rail trains could operate as MBTA shuttles

THE MBTA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED that the Orange Line would be shut down on weekends between Ruggles and Forest Hills for much of this summer and into the fall. These shutdowns are the consequence of the long-overdue initiative to close the T’s $7.3 billion maintenance backlog. The work coming to the Orange Line now and in(...)

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T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

Idea contained in draft to-do list for 2040

Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story misstated the connection points for a possible pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines. The connection points are State Street and Downtown Crossing stations. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, as part of a draft to-do list for 2040, said they are considering building a pedestrian(...)

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Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Impose a series of fees and use the funds for public transit

Second of two parts (First part can be found here.)  MASSACHUSETTS STATE AND MUNICIPAL DECISION MAKERS must push a reset button and develop a template for a more comprehensive and robust regulatory framework that will guide the operation of Transportation Network Company and autonomous vehicle business models. It’s a necessary first step in the process(...)

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Overhead wire shuts down Green Line

Overhead wire shuts down Green Line

Service on underground section halted for 2½ hours

UNDERGROUND SERVICE on the Green Line was suspended for 2½ hours Tuesday morning when an overhead wire between Arlington and Copley Stations sustained damage that knocked out the system. Thousands of riders spilled out of subway stations at about 8:20 a.m. and had to find other ways to get where they were going as service(...)

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