Transportation

Keolis met locomotive requirement last week

Keolis met locomotive requirement last week

Also: Snow and ice deficit; 86% transponder use

The MBTA’s commuter rail operator met its requirement for ready-to-go locomotives all last week for the first time since January, T officials said on Monday. Keolis Commuter Services is contractually required to have 67 locomotives available for service each weekday, and last week it had between 67 and 72 available every day. That good news(...)

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Pollack takes issue with N-S Rail Link backers

Pollack takes issue with N-S Rail Link backers

Says it’s not inconsistent to pursue the link and S. Station expansion

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Monday that she saw no inconsistency in pushing ahead with a $2 billion plan to expand South Station even as the state is spending $2 million to study the feasibility of building an underground rail link between North and South Stations. Backers of the so-called North-South Rail Link, including(...)

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Greenway sought 10 more years of state funding

Greenway sought 10 more years of state funding

Baker administration, which wants to halt aid, was not happy

UNDER PRESSURE TO WEAN ITSELF off of state funding this year, the nonprofit that runs the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway instead made a pitch to keep state funds flowing for an additional 10 years. “We were not happy with that proposal so that’s when we put together this working group,” said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack,(...)

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One payment system is needed for all transportation

One payment system is needed for all transportation

Passengers would benefit, and so would service providers

ONE OF THE IRONIES of the advancements in mobility over the last decade has been the driving force of competition involved – and perhaps no development has affected the recent landscape more than the rise of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. These and other companies, driven by the cutthroat battle for customer bases in(...)

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LAZ surprised at MBTA theft lawsuit

LAZ surprised at MBTA theft lawsuit

Statement says firm will accept its 'share' of responsibility

What follows is a statement issued Friday by Jeff Karp, president and co-founder of LAZ Parking, which was sued on Thursday by the MBTA. Here is the CommonWealth story on the lawsuit. We were surprised and disappointed to receive the MBTA’s lawsuit yesterday.  Since the potential theft by former employees was discovered several months ago we have(...)

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T sues LAZ, its former parking lot operator

T sues LAZ, its former parking lot operator

Agency seeks millions allegedly stolen, plus penalties

THE MBTA SUED its former private parking lot operator on Thursday, seeking the recovery of millions of dollars allegedly stolen by the firm’s employees over a three-year period. If the suit is successful, the T says its contract with LAZ Parking Ltd. requires the firm to pay the T twice the amount stolen plus additional(...)

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Lessons from the collapse of Bridj

Lessons from the collapse of Bridj

Quality counts, but transportation also requires subsidies

THE STARTUP MOBILITY COMPANY that tested the potential for innovation in the transportation sector announced on Sunday that it was shutting down effective immediately.  Bridj might have changed the face of mobility in Greater Boston with the power of its algorithms and its plush 14-seat vans, but there was a vast gulf between the promise(...)

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MBTA misses capital spending mark

MBTA misses capital spending mark

Also: A little zip; private-public partnership in Kendall

THE MBTA, WHICH has struggled to spend money to bring the system up to a state of good repair, will increase expenditures on capital projects to update the system but will still fall tens of millions short in meeting its target of $750 million. Joanna Aalto, head of the T’s capital program oversight, said the(...)

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T sees spike in reported injuries

T sees spike in reported injuries

More workers claim being hurt on the job as attendance policy is tightened

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID on Monday the number of on-the-job injuries among transportation operators soared during the first three months of the year as the transit authority tried to reduce the level of absenteeism among employees. Janice Brochu, chief of human resources for the MBTA, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the number of(...)

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When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

At Pioneer, it’s always more reform – never revenue

SO THERE I WAS, enjoying a brisk late April morning and about to dig into the newspapers (and breakfast), when my iPhone beeped and up came CommonWealth’s Sunday Upload. My pavlovian response was to stop everything I was doing and read what was on offer on the Upload. Turns out it was the folks at(...)

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