Transportation

Barr funds 3 bus rapid transit pilots

Barr funds 3 bus rapid transit pilots

Dedicated bus lanes, synchronized signals part of effort

THE BARR FOUNDATION awarded three $100,000 grants for pilot bus rapid transit projects scheduled to run next year in Arlington, Everett, and Cambridge and Watertown. In Arlington, the MBTA and the municipality plan to run a one-month pilot on the busy No. 77 bus route along Massachusetts Avenue that would test a dedicated lane for(...)

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Railing against transportation madness

Railing against transportation madness

Gondolas, a 2040 West Station, and autonomous vehicles

I’M WONDERING WHETHER A TYPE OF MADNESS has infected our thinking in Greater Boston. Someone writes in the Boston Globe about how great it will be when autonomous vehicles replace transit – a truly mind-boggling piece that ignores everything about why Greater Boston benefits from smart, sustainable, equitable public transportation. Then a well-heeled private sector(...)

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T notes: Blue Line only major peak concern

T notes: Blue Line only major peak concern

New subway cars: ‘They’re coming, they’re coming’

WITH THE EXCEPTION of the Blue Line, MBTA officials on Monday forecasted that the transit system’s subway lines should be able to absorb sharply higher numbers of riders at peak travel periods through 2040. The forecast assumed the introduction of all-new Red and Orange Line cars over the next six years, a wide assortment of(...)

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T targets poor reliability of buses

T targets poor reliability of buses

Overall, vehicles meet reliability standards 65% of the time

MBTA OFFICIALS RELEASED FIGURES on Monday indicating the agency’s bus system, which carries up to 450,000 people on a typical weekday, is unreliable a large amount of the time and needs significant redesign and investment to upgrade performance. Using data from October, officials told the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the bus system is(...)

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T’s director of parking leaves authority

T’s director of parking leaves authority

Agency officials refuse to discuss the departure

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING left the transit authority on Friday after just a little over a year on the job, raising concerns that oversight of one of the transit authority’s major sources of revenue is once again in turmoil. Sources say David J. Friend’s departure was related to the MBTA’s oversight of its contract(...)

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Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Eliminating payments on board buses, Green Line makes sense

A HIGHLY FUNCTIONING urban transit system is characterized by its speed, convenience, and reliability.  The Netherlands, a role model for efficient and sustainable mobility, has examples of this in abundance.  Go to places like Amsterdam or The Hague and you will have at your disposal multiple modal choices – trams, buses, and light rail –(...)

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State: No West Station until 2040

State: No West Station until 2040

Advocates say 20 years is too long to wait

A STATE TRANSPORTATION FILING prompted a chicken-and-egg debate on Friday about whether a new transit station should be constructed in conjunction with the new neighborhood Harvard University is building in Allston or whether the station can wait until 2040. In a mammoth filing with state environmental officials on the complex and sprawling project, the Department(...)

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Waiting on the T

Waiting on the T

Long lines and delays extend to agency’s CharlieCard store

THE MBTA HAS placed a high priority on customer service in recent months, but that apparently doesn’t extend to the agency’s CharlieCard store at the Downtown Crossing station, where the overflow of those waiting for reduced fare cards regularly spills out from inside the store onto the concourse. On any given day, there is typically(...)

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T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward?

T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward?

Control board puts Quincy Station project on hold

DESPITE STRONG OPPOSITION from the state’s Democratic political establishment, MBTA officials hinted on Monday that they plan to bring a proposal forward to outsource work at three bus maintenance garages. A discussion about the privatization initiative surfaced as members of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board were going over their schedule for future meetings.(...)

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Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs

Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs

Many stretches are old, require full replacement

THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD on Monday gave staff the green light to periodically shut down chunks of the Green Line to replace entire stretches of track, which will enable the repair work to be completed quickly and at less cost but at greater inconvenience for passengers. Eric Stoothoff, the T’s deputy chief(...)

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