Transportation

T outlines rosy future on subways

T outlines rosy future on subways

New trains, maintenance strategy to dramatically improve service, capacity

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY outlined a series of investments and maintenance strategies that should dramatically improve service for the transit authority’s subway riders over the next five years. Many of the steps were previously announced, but a presentation to the Fiscal and Management Control Board packaged them together in a way that showcased how riders(...)

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Sources: T to part ways with paratransit contractor

Sources: T to part ways with paratransit contractor

Consolidated call center, service problems remain concerns

THE MBTA IS STILL NOT SATISFIED with the performance of the private company overseeing its paratransit dispatch service, and sources say the authority is trying to figure out a way to sever ties and hire a new vendor. Global Contact Services was hired in 2016 to operate a centralized call and control center for the(...)

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Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Now supports ban on using handheld devices behind the wheel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A RISE IN FATAL ACCIDENTS caused by distracted driving and advances in technology prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support on Tuesday behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, giving a boost to an initiative debated for years by policy leaders and increasing pressure on the House to(...)

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T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

Shortsleeve breaks deadlock, measure passes 3-2

THE MBTA’s OVERSIGHT BOARD voted 3-2 on Monday to approve a 3.5-month test of alcohol advertising inside subway stations, on billboards, and at bus shelters. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board failed to approve a new alcohol advertising policy at its meeting last week, deadlocking on a 2-2 vote. The tie was broken on(...)

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MBTA adopts new tone with Keolis

MBTA adopts new tone with Keolis

Control board chief: Commuter rail not sustainable

DAN GRABAUSKAS, AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR brought in a couple months ago to serve as the MBTA’s executive director of commuter rail for a year, gave his first briefing to the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday. Grabauskas said his report, as well as others to come down the road, would strike a different tone(...)

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MBTA signs two big contracts

MBTA signs two big contracts

GM says deals ‘changing the narrative of the T’

MBTA OFFICIALS TOOK SOMETHING of a victory lap on Monday as they approved two major contracts with the potential to reshape the transit authority for years to come. The board voted unanimously to approve a $1.08 billion contract for a consortium of four companies to build a Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford and(...)

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T overhauls fares for $723 million

T overhauls fares for $723 million

Officials unveil next gen pay system to reduce trip times, increase revenue collection

MBTA OFFICIALS WILL unveil the next generation of fare payment and collection which they say will reduce waits, increase efficiency, minimize the need for cash, and let riders use their own credit cards and cell phones to board trains and buses, all at a cost of more than $723 million over the next 13 years.(...)

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T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

Price to restart project comes in $237 million below estimate

THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than officials estimated. The winning bid by GLX Constructors, a group of four construction and engineering firms led by Fluor of Irving, Texas, was(...)

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Walsh’s transportation to-do list

Walsh’s transportation to-do list

It’s a unique moment to address the city’s inequities

In the aftermath of a massive general election victory by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – and recognizing the political capital that goes along with that – it seems a good time to assess the opportunities for meaningful progress on a number of initiatives that have the potential to set Boston and the region on an irrevocable path toward a(...)

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