Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Commuters weary of road and transit problems

Commuters weary of road and transit problems

Poll says voters support new funding to address challenges

MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS ARE feeling stressed over crowded roadways and unreliable public transit systems, and express little optimism that situation will improve in coming years, according to a new poll. More than half of full-time workers who commute by car say they’ve been late for work because of traffic in last few months, while 63 percent(...)

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Uber: 10,000 customers petitioned Massport

Uber: 10,000 customers petitioned Massport

Complain about plan to hike fees, move pickup-dropoff location

UBER SAID 10,000 of its Massachusetts customers signed a petition to Massport over the last 24 hours complaining about a proposal to hike fees on ride-hailing apps at Logan International Airport. Uber also said it was launching a radio ad Tuesday to put more pressure on Massport in advance of a planned vote on an(...)

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T notes: Fare gates coming to 3 commuter rail stations

T notes: Fare gates coming to 3 commuter rail stations

Agency hires new administrator, commuter rail chief

ESTIMATING THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL operation lost between $10 million and $20 million last year due to fare evasion, the transit authority said on Monday that it plans to install fare gates at the South, North, and Back Bay stations next year. Officials said the gates would be capable of reading all fare media, including(...)

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Baker comes up with South Coast Rail financing

Baker comes up with South Coast Rail financing

Completion date moved back a year to late 2023

This story was updated at 5:50 p.m. GOV. CHARLIE BAKER followed through on a first-term campaign promise on Monday by dedicating more than $1 billion in state bond funds to the South Coast Rail project, which is now expected to be completed after his second term ends. The funding commitment followed three cost and schedule(...)

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T hires new administrator and commuter rail chief

T hires new administrator and commuter rail chief

Panagore and DiAdamo both have experience locally

DAVID PANAGORE, WHO has described his career in government as a “theater director” and worked on turnaround efforts in Chelsea and Springfield, will now take a role backstage for Boston area transit riders as chief administrative officer of the MBTA. A lawyer who has studied engineering, politics, philosophy, and physics in addition to theater, Panagore received(...)

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Uber customers urged to lobby Massport

Uber customers urged to lobby Massport

Follows Lyft in pressing for changes in anti-congestion plan

UBER followed the lead of Lyft on Monday, urging its Boston customers to send emails to Massport opposing the agency’s anti-congestion plan, which targets ride-hailing apps with higher fees and less convenient pickup and drop-off locations at Logan International Airport. With the Massport board scheduled to vote on the plan this week, Uber reached out to(...)

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Lyft sics its Boston customers on Massport

Lyft sics its Boston customers on Massport

Wants agency to back off its anti-congestion plan

LYFT BEGAN MOBILIZING its customer base on Friday to pressure Massport to back off a series of proposals that would hike fees on rides to Logan Airport and steer pickups and drop-offs to a location in the central parking garage 5 to 10 minutes away from the terminals. In emails and online postings that went(...)

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Uber, Lyft trips to airport keep rising

Uber, Lyft trips to airport keep rising

Massport officials pushing ahead with congestion plan

MASSPORT OFFICIALS said Uber and Lyft vehicle trips to and from Logan International Airport are up 29 percent so far this year, and indicated on Friday they are determined to deal with the congestion by moving ahead with a plan to hike ride-hailing fees at the airport and concentrate all pickups and drop-offs in the(...)

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Nov. 29, 2018

T cleaning contract déjà vu all over again

Union official: Situation shows privatization doesn’t work

THE RECENT STORY about the MBTA’s plan to redo the station cleaning contract by adopting the performance-based contracting approach employed by Massport is a perfect example of why the MBTA’s pursuit of privatization creates unnecessary problems. I can’t believe it has been almost six years since the station cleaning contract first became a huge issue. In 2013,(...)

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