Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Interim T chief to be paid $260,000

Interim T chief to be paid $260,000

Salary seen as signal to candidates for GM post

STEVE POFTAK, who will be taking over as interim general manager of the MBTA on July 1, signed a contract with the authority that calls for him to be paid at a rate of $260,000 a year. Officials said Poftak’s salary is intended to show potential candidates for the permanent job that the T is(...)

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T says pension problem worsening

T says pension problem worsening

Union chief says early retirements boosting retirement costs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA PENSION FUND’S problems have been festering for years, but T officials this year did not include $9 million in funds needed to pay retirees and now say they’ll have to find room in their budget for that payment. MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told T officials about the funding(...)

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Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change

Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change

‘We don’t have a lot of time and it takes us a long time to change’

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Tuesday that the mindset of the state bureaucracy needs to change and change fast if Massachusetts is going to have any chance of responding in a meaningful way to climate change. “We don’t have a lot of time and it takes us a long time to change,” she said.(...)

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Paratransit advocates report call center problems

Paratransit advocates report call center problems

MBTA acknowledges 'issues' as part of consolidation effort

PARATRANSIT ADVOCATES said on Monday that the MBTA’s new centralized call center is off to a rocky start, and agency officials acknowledged some glitches as the service has been rolled out. The T is trying to consolidate three call centers into one, with the goal of saving an estimated $7 million a year in operating(...)

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Old locomotives getting $27m overhaul

Old locomotives getting $27m overhaul

Aiello: ‘Chasing old junk is not my cup of tea’

THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT Control Board voted on Monday to spend $26.9 million overhauling 10 commuter rail locomotives that are already about 30 years old. Joseph Aiello, chairman of the board, voted for the overhaul but with reservations about spending so much money on equipment that is already so old. “Chasing old junk is(...)

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$41,000 goes uncollected at T parking garage

$41,000 goes uncollected at T parking garage

Vendor reimburses agency; officials blame computer setting

THE MBTA SAID an incorrect computer setting at its Haymarket parking garage resulted in nearly $41,000 in credit card transactions going uncollected over 14 days in late May and early June. T officials say their parking lot operator, Republic Parking System of Chattanooga, Tennessee, ate the $40,900 loss and reimbursed the transit authority for the(...)

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Uber, Lyft changing traffic patterns at Logan

Uber, Lyft changing traffic patterns at Logan

More passengers choosing to be chauffered

RIDE-SHARING SERVICES appear to be changing traffic patterns at Logan International Airport, boosting the number of people paying for chauffeured services while causing a slight drop in the use of private cars, rental cars, and public transportation. Data compiled by the Massachusetts Port Authority indicate the number of people using ride-share services, taxis, and limos(...)

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Shortsleeve move to T board opposed

Shortsleeve move to T board opposed

Also: Ferry savings, new Silver Line route

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL and other advocacy groups on Monday came out against the appointment of Brian Shortsleeve to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board starting July 1. The opposition, which surfaced during the public comment period at the control board’s weekly meeting, is unlikely to have any impact. Gov. Charlie Baker has(...)

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$60m targeted for commuter rail overhauls

$60m targeted for commuter rail overhauls

Nearly half of MBTA locomotives require major work

THE MBTA IS PLANNING to spend close to $60 million to nearly double the number of new or overhauled commuter rail locomotives in its fleet by the end of next year. T officials said they have 44 new or overhauled locomotives currently, and plan to spend $57.1 million to add another 39. That would still(...)

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T to accept donations, workers from businesses

T to accept donations, workers from businesses

Money would be used to recruit, retain employees

THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT Control Board indicated on Monday that it plans to accept money and loaned workers from Massachusetts businesses to aid in the recruitment and retention of employees and the management of the authority. The board green-lighted a T staff recommendation to appoint a coordinating group to develop policies and guidelines for use(...)

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