Transportation

T backing off paratransit service cuts

T backing off paratransit service cuts

Pollack: Appropriation could be used to balance FY18 budget

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS signaled on Monday that they are leaning toward no outright service cuts in paratransit service and are amenable to using a portion of a legislative appropriation to balance the coming fiscal year’s budget. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, who along with T staff has been pushing to balance the fiscal 2018 budget without(...)

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T union president indicted for fraud, kickbacks

T union president indicted for fraud, kickbacks

Prosecutors: Timothy Dockery pocketed cash and tickets

THE PRESIDENT OF an MBTA union is facing charges that he used his position as a buyer for the agency to submit fraudulent invoices that netted him more than $100,000 in cash and kickbacks, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. Timothy Dockery of Plymouth, an MBTA employee for more than 18 years and the current(...)

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Orange Line prototype at City Hall

Orange Line prototype at City Hall

T odds & ends: Bus service revamp, pilot projects

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID A PROTOTYPE of the new Orange Line car will be available for public viewing next Monday through Wednesday at City Hall plaza in Boston. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s chief operating officer, said staff will be on hand to take feedback from passengers on what they like or dislike about the new car.(...)

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Keolis plagued by train, coach issues

Keolis plagued by train, coach issues

Problems not all firm’s fault, but T officials losing patience

KEOLIS, THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR, is having trouble complying with the maintenance and repair requirements mandated under a six-year, $66 million contract sweetener it received last year. Last July, the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to give Keolis an extra $11 million more per year to add nine locomotives and 12 coaches(...)

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Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach

Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach

Pacheco fears Middleborough approach may doom Stoughton line

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The Baker administration has agreed on a course for the first phase of long-promised commuter rail service to the South Coast, working under an approach that contemplates diesel service along an existing Middleborough/Lakeville rail line while engineering, design and permitting work continues on a possible electric service route through Stoughton. Transportation(...)

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Baker to T: Cut spending but not service

Baker to T: Cut spending but not service

Says agency can use extra state funds to cover any deficit

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Tuesday that MBTA officials should continue to search for savings at the agency, but he indicated he didn’t want spending cuts to disrupt service. The governor also eased some of the financial pressure on the T, saying the agency could use some of the so-called contract assistance money provided by(...)

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5 takeaways from new Orange Line car

5 takeaways from new Orange Line car

Smile, you’re on the T’s candid camera

MBTA OFFICIALS on Tuesday unveiled a three-quarters mockup of the 152 new Orange Line cars that are on order and due to start arriving at the end of this year. The wheel-less mockup allows operators, mechanics, riders, and other stakeholders to explore the vehicle and report any problems that need to be corrected. Here are(...)

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Baker backs off commuter rail cut

Baker backs off commuter rail cut

Takes weekend service off the chopping block

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE ELIMINATION OF WEEKEND COMMUTER rail service will no longer be considered an option to close the MBTA’s looming budget deficit after Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he would “explore alternatives” to close a $42 million gap that will preserve weekend service. Baker backed off the idea a week after(...)

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