Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

New Seaport garage makes sense

New Seaport garage makes sense

300 net new spaces in 1,500-space garage

THE NEWS THAT MASSPORT is moving forward with a planned 1,550-space parking garage in the Seaport District, and that the city wants to add another 550 spaces to its garage in the nearby Marine Industrial Park, unleashed some negativity on social media and elsewhere.  The negative reaction was no surprise to those of us who(...)

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T board makes budget choices – in public

T board makes budget choices – in public

Calls for $5m in commuter rail cuts, softens privatization

AT A TIME WHEN MORE AND MORE of state government deliberations are taking place behind closed doors, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on Thursday debated and acted on a series of politically sensitive issues dealing with privatization, commuter rail, and paratransit service – and did so  in front of the press and public.(...)

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The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

Why a life-long Democrat became one of Charlie Baker’s biggest backers

Photographs by Frank Curran STEPHANIE POLLACK AND Charlie Baker are the odd couple of Massachusetts politics. Pollack is short and Baker is tall. She’s a lifelong Democrat and he’s a lifelong Republican. She supported Deval Patrick in 2010; Baker was running against Patrick during that race. She’s a progressive with a history of pushing higher(...)

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T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year

T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year

Lang pushes better-paying jobs; ‘urban explorers’ shut down Orange Line

THE MBTA PLANS TO SPEND $2.29 billion building the Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford and another $23 million a year providing the new rail service. John Dalton, the T manager overseeing the Green Line Extension, said the operating costs on the new stretch of track from Lechmere into Somerville and Medford will be(...)

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T lays out ‘rescue plan’ for commuter rail

T lays out ‘rescue plan’ for commuter rail

Gonneville calls for crash program on locomotives

THE MBTA’S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER on Monday called for hiring outside contractors to return some of the transit agency’s broken-down commuter rail locomotives to service. Jeffrey Gonneville, who is heading a special task force to address a locomotive shortage, said he plans to hire outside firms to refurbish five locomotives over the next four weeks(...)

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T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals

T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals

Alcohol ads, vague commuter rail cuts added to mix

THE MBTA’S PLAN TO BALANCE its operating budget next year without tapping any of a $187 million legislative appropriation was scrapped on Monday; the only question now is how much of the funding will be used. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board is slated to approve a fiscal 2018 budget on Thursday. T staff(...)

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Comm Ave bridge replacement scheduled

Comm Ave bridge replacement scheduled

Will cause disruptions to T, commuter rail, Turnpike service

STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED on Monday that they plan to replace the structurally deficient Commonwealth Avenue bridge in two phases this summer and next summer, causing disruptions to local car and MBTA travel as well as Turnpike, commuter rail , and Amtrak service. The first construction phase focused on half the bridge will run from July(...)

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Changing the mindset on commuter rail

Changing the mindset on commuter rail

We need faster electric trains, more service

Earlier this year, the MBTA announced a misguided approach to renovating the Auburndale Commuter Rail station. While it would make the station ADA-compliant, it would do so in a way that foreclosed the possibility of improving service there, and might degrade service on the entire Framingham-Worcester Line. A few weeks later the T floated a(...)

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Keolis fines averaging $608,000 a month

Keolis fines averaging $608,000 a month

Amount is roughly 2.3% of the firm’s monthly MBTA fee

THE MBTA IS ASSESSING KEOLIS Commuter Services financial penalties of about $608,000 a month, which is roughly 2.3 percent of the firm’s monthly fee of $26 million. According to figures released by the T, 49 percent of the penalties Keolis paid over the first eight months of the current fiscal year were for trains failing(...)

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8,200 Uber, Lyft drivers fail background check

8,200 Uber, Lyft drivers fail background check

State review finds sex, violent crime offenders

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MORE THAN 8,200 DRIVERS for Uber and Lyft failed a state background check to operate in Massachusetts after their applications were flagged for everything from license suspensions to sex offenses, according to data released Wednesday by the Baker administration. The Department of Public Utilities completed its first round of background checks(...)

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