Transportation

T notes: Is Keolis starting to turn a corner?

T notes: Is Keolis starting to turn a corner?

Uber, Lyft big hit with paratransit riders; Silver Line speedup

THE TREND LINES for commuter rail service are moving in a positive direction aside from a major setback during the severe cold spell in early January. Commuter rail officials are systematically documenting what’s causing delays and working to address them line by line. Locomotive and coach availability is hitting acceptable levels. Revenue is trending upward(...)

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T director says new revenue not priority now

T director says new revenue not priority now

Poftak says executing on projects in pipeline is key

THE VICE CHAIRMAN of the MBTA’s oversight board said on Monday that the transit agency needs to execute on projects in the pipeline before considering whether new revenues are needed. Steven Poftak made his comments after a meeting of the Fiscal and Management Control Board where he and other directors discussed the Red Line train(...)

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The T is failing before our very eyes

The T is failing before our very eyes

Transit agency needs substantial new revenue to get the job done

IT WAS déjà vu all over again. Wednesday’s Red Line meltdown didn’t happen because of harsh winter weather.  Ironically, it happened during a gloriously warm day in February, a day when the one blessing of a failed subway system was that many people could walk to their destinations in relative comfort. This time the culprit(...)

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Derailment at Andrew Station snarls commute

Derailment at Andrew Station snarls commute

300 feet of electrified third rail damaged; service restored at 5:21 p.m.

A NORTHBOUND RED LINE TRAIN derailed Wednesday morning at 9:20 a.m. as it approached Andrew Station, damaging about 300 feet of the electrified third rail and severely disrupting the morning commute for thousands of riders. Passengers were shaken up but not injured. Service was restored at 5:21 p.m., but MBTA officials still weren’t sure what(...)

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The Codcast: Outsourcing works at other transit agencies

This week’s Codcast suggests Massachusetts has a lot of work to do when it comes to farming out government work to private contractors. The Legislature granted the MBTA a three-year exemption from the so-called Pacheco Law, which governs how public agencies can contract out work to private companies. But every time the T has tried(...)

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DOT notes: Big rail projects and small bridges

DOT notes: Big rail projects and small bridges

Officials also making efforts to coordinate projects to minimize disruptions

SOUTH COAST RAIL project officials said phasing in the new line by running it through Middleboro not only gets the service operating years ahead of time, it gives the line a head start on the full build-out without adding to the projected $3.2 billion cost. In a presentation Monday to a joint meeting of the(...)

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T eyes hikes for fares, parking fees

T eyes hikes for fares, parking fees

Transit system facing $111 million deficit to start FY2019

MBTA OFFICIALS CRACKED open the door to a fare hike and increases in parking fees by the beginning of next year as the cash-strapped agency, despite cuts and privatization efforts, continues to face a stubborn $111 million projected deficit to start the next fiscal year. T budget officials, at a meeting of the Fiscal and(...)

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