Transportation

Uber bad behavior

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”                                                             King James Bible, 1Corinthians13:11 Uber, the precocious technology disrupter, is growing up and with it comes the usual pre-pubescent growing pains. But in(...)

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Shortsleeve move to T board opposed

Shortsleeve move to T board opposed

Also: Ferry savings, new Silver Line route

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL and other advocacy groups on Monday came out against the appointment of Brian Shortsleeve to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board starting July 1. The opposition, which surfaced during the public comment period at the control board’s weekly meeting, is unlikely to have any impact. Gov. Charlie Baker has(...)

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T to accept donations, workers from businesses

T to accept donations, workers from businesses

Money would be used to recruit, retain employees

THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT Control Board indicated on Monday that it plans to accept money and loaned workers from Massachusetts businesses to aid in the recruitment and retention of employees and the management of the authority. The board green-lighted a T staff recommendation to appoint a coordinating group to develop policies and guidelines for use(...)

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We must learn from Seaport District failures

We must learn from Seaport District failures

The next tests come at Allston Landing, Suffolk Downs

THEY WERE GATHERED in the spectacular replica of the US Senate chamber at the Edward Kennedy Institute, a panel of local thought leaders discussing how Boston’s past might inform Boston’s future.  The discussion, organized under the auspices of Imagine Boston 2030, drew a large crowd because among its panel members were legends of the city’s(...)

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T just doesn’t understand college students

T just doesn’t understand college students

Paltry university pass sales reflect marketing failures

EARLIER THIS WEEK, CommonWealth reported on the paltry sales of the MBTA’s university pass and the transit agency’s confusion about how to tap Boston’s student market. As a recent graduate of Northeastern University and one of the 12,500 students who purchased a student semester pass in the fall of 2016, I have a few suggestions.(...)

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The Codcast: Ride-sharing regs redux

After several years of fits and stops, the Legislature finally passed a bill last summer that would  regulate transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft with an eye on safety for passengers. While lawmakers gave the Department of Public Utilities a pretty big canvas to paint their regulations on, they mandated a few set-in-stone parameters(...)

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Baker shuffles top T management

Baker shuffles top T management

Poftak will run agency until new GM hired

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION announced a reshuffling of the MBTA’s top management on Thursday to accommodate the return of the agency’s top manager to the private sector. Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Steve Poftak, the vice chair of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, will leave his volunteer post on the board and assume the(...)

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