Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Poftak pushes feds for $32b for transit agencies

Poftak pushes feds for $32b for transit agencies

Report recommends T scrap host of popular capital projects

WITH FINANCIAL CHALLENGES mounting at the MBTA, General Manager Steve Poftak joined transportation officials from across the country on Tuesday to press Congress to pass a stimulus package containing $32 billion of financial aid for the nation’s transit authorities. The amount is more than the $25 billion the agencies received under the earlier CARES Act(...)

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T notes: Battery buses not ready for primetime yet

T notes: Battery buses not ready for primetime yet

Safety officer reports 4 derailments so far this year

MBTA OFFICIALS said on Monday that battery-powered buses are a promising technology that is still several years away from being ready for prime time, largely because a test of five vehicles indicated they take too long to charge and don’t live up to their mileage specifications, particularly during the winter. The MBTA purchased five battery-power,(...)

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Doubling down on the past

Doubling down on the past

MassDOT, Boston stick with auto-centric approach

THIS IS A TALE of two transportation issues – a window on how we may be losing the opportunity moment provided by a generationally disruptive pattern break. The pattern break, of course, is the COVID-19 pandemic. Every pattern break in history changes the ways we do things going forward. The example I give most often(...)

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SJC case questions enforceability of Uber rider agreement

SJC case questions enforceability of Uber rider agreement

How far should companies go to gain a consumer’s assent?

HAVE YOU EVER scrolled past the terms and conditions when downloading a new app, then mindlessly clicked “done” without reading the fine print? Most of us have done that more times than we can remember. A case against Uber that the Supreme Judicial Court will hear Thursday will be a test of how conspicuous an(...)

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MBTA: Truck driver had no 'malicious intent'

MBTA: Truck driver had no ‘malicious intent’

Caused damage after driving into restricted Silver Line tunnel to South Station

THE TRUCK OPERATOR who drove into the restricted access Silver Line tunnel on Friday morning had “no malicious intent,” according to an MBTA spokesman. Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the T, said the truck driver, who was not identified, “unwittingly tailed” a Silver Line vehicle onto the ramp and into the tunnel. Pesaturo said an(...)

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