Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T just doesn’t understand college students

T just doesn’t understand college students

Paltry university pass sales reflect marketing failures

EARLIER THIS WEEK, CommonWealth reported on the paltry sales of the MBTA’s university pass and the transit agency’s confusion about how to tap Boston’s student market. As a recent graduate of Northeastern University and one of the 12,500 students who purchased a student semester pass in the fall of 2016, I have a few suggestions.(...)

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Baker shuffles top T management

Baker shuffles top T management

Poftak will run agency until new GM hired

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION announced a reshuffling of the MBTA’s top management on Thursday to accommodate the return of the agency’s top manager to the private sector. Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Steve Poftak, the vice chair of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, will leave his volunteer post on the board and assume the(...)

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Drivers urge DPU to alter background checks

Drivers urge DPU to alter background checks

Rejected Uber and Lyft drivers say unlimited reach discriminates

EDWARD HARUNK SAID driving for Uber gave him the flexibility to take care of his sick wife and bring her to doctor’s appointments whenever she needed. “Being an Uber driver enabled me, as a sole caregiver, to set my own time and allowed me to focus on my wife’s challenges,” the 59-year-old Wellesley resident, a(...)

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T missing out on college student market

T missing out on college student market

University pass attracts only 12,500 customers

MBTA OFFICIALS said on Monday they are struggling to come up with a pass that would be attractive to local universities and their students and at the same time produce significant revenue for the transit authority. The current university pass, which offers an 11 percent price discount on various products, attracted 12,500 customers in the(...)

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MBTA unions pressed for pension concessions

MBTA unions pressed for pension concessions

State officials warn T retirement fund could run out of money

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS on Monday pressured the MBTA’s major unions to agree to concessions that would reduce retirement payouts by about $1 billion over the next 18 years and prevent the authority’s pension fund from running out of money. The officials said their analysis indicates the T’s pension fund is paying out more money than(...)

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Logan signs parking deal with CLF

Logan signs parking deal with CLF

Promises to reduce emissions in return for 5,000 spaces

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE AGENCY THAT MANAGES LOGAN AIRPORT agreed Thursday to invest in reducing emissions from cars and planes as part of its plan to create 5,000 new parking spaces at the East Boston air hub. If the parking plan is permitted, Logan would install ample electric vehicle charging stations throughout its facilities,(...)

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Pollack not comparing apples to apples

Pollack not comparing apples to apples

N-S Rail Link study is too watered down

WE DISAGREE with Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack’s “apples-to-apples” comparison of the South Station expansion and North-South Rail Link projects, especially with the corresponding studies currently being prepared. What the secretary fails to note is that the projects are not being given a level playing field. MassDOT has spent nearly $40 million studying South Station expansion,(...)

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Keolis on-time performance improves

Keolis on-time performance improves

Wheel fractures continue; new GLX contracts issued

THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR over the last few weeks has done a much better job keeping locomotives running and trains arriving on time, but a mysterious problem with the wheels on passenger coaches doesn’t appear to be going away. David Scorey, the general manager of Keolis Commuter Services, told the Fiscal and Management Control(...)

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Pollack: T scrapping Auburndale station design

Pollack: T scrapping Auburndale station design

Agency was accused of rebuilding station in worst possible way

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Monday that the MBTA is scrapping its design for a new Auburndale commuter rail station in response to concerns that the proposal might negatively affect the overall operation of the entire Framingham/Worcester Line. The transportation advocacy group TransitMatters initially raised concerns about the proposed design in February, saying the(...)

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Moulton: South Station expansion massive waste of $2b

Moulton: South Station expansion massive waste of $2b

Criticizes Pollack for suggesting rail link, expansion could both be done

US REP. SETH MOULTON on Tuesday called the expansion of South Station “a massive waste of $2 billion” and criticized the Baker administration for suggesting that it might be possible to both expand South Station and build an underground rail link between North and South Stations. “Unfortunately, it shows me that a lot of people(...)

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