Transportation

MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

Current prices based on 1900s-era approach

EVERY DAY, more than 100,000 people ride the commuter rail in and around Boston, headed not just to work, but also to shop, spend time with family and friends, make medical appointments, and attend cultural or sporting events. Today more than ever, mobility across our growing region is fundamental for equitable access to jobs, healthcare,(...)

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T notes: Pension costs raise concerns

T notes: Pension costs raise concerns

Citizens Bank contract to boost interest income

MBTA OFFICIALS say they expect to hold the line on expense growth this fiscal year, but they are worried about rising pension costs and a push in the Legislature to limit the transit authority’s control over above-ground digital advertising displays near stations. Michael Abramo, the T’s chief administrator, said expenses (excluding debt costs) are expected(...)

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T approves $10 weekend commuter rail pass

T approves $10 weekend commuter rail pass

Can a low fare attract more riders on Saturdays and Sundays?

TRYING TO ENTICE MORE PEOPLE to ride commuter rail on the weekends, the MBTA’s oversight board on Monday approved a new $10 weekend pass that entitles the holder to take unlimited trips on the system on Saturdays and Sundays this summer. The pass is the second part of a first-of-its-kind effort to build ridership on(...)

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Gas pains

Gas pains

Surging gas prices give Mass even more reason to improve public transportation

After several years of relatively agreeable gas prices, the surge has begun again and where it stops, nobody knows. The cost of a gallon of gas nationally has risen to $2.90, according to AAA, with Massachusetts prices just a tick behind at $2.89. That’s an increase of 22.6 percent from a year ago and while it’s not(...)

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Keolis adding 4 more stops at Boston Landing

Keolis adding 4 more stops at Boston Landing

Increased traffic could have implications for West Station

THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR said that four additional trains will stop at Boston Landing Station starting Monday to accommodate increased passenger traffic, which advocates for a proposed West Station say is a positive sign of customer demand in the area. Boston Landing, located on the Framingham-Worcester Line, opened a year ago adjacent to a(...)

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T notes: Baker loves coming attractions

T notes: Baker loves coming attractions

Agency adopts policy on paying employees with capital funds

AS HE SEEKS REELECTION, one of Gov. Charlie Baker’s biggest concerns is that voters will lose patience with his efforts to turn around the MBTA. So whenever an opportunity presents itself, the governor and T officials like to offer riders previews of coming attractions. Last week it was the Green Line of the future. On(...)

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