Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Checking in on T control board at halfway point

Checking in on T control board at halfway point

FMCB adopts a collegial approach to oversight

  THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is halfway through its five-year term, which seems like a good time to review its progress so far.  The law creating the control board said the five-member group was needed to ensure that the transit authority embraces transparency and accountability, strives for organizational and fiscal stability, and earns the trust of the public.   The MBTA has(...)

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T notes: Agency cuts bus maintenance costs on its own

T notes: Agency cuts bus maintenance costs on its own

Spending falls 16% without privatization

MBTA OFFICIALS, who have been considering privatization of three bus maintenance garages to cut costs, say they reduced spending on bus repairs by 16 percent over a four-month period through management initiatives using existing T workers. A presentation by MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez on Monday said the T spent $36.3 million on bus maintenance(...)

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Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station

Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station

Raises concerns about riders, funding, and layover space for trains

AMID STRONG PUSHBACK from neighborhood activists and others, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack on Monday defended the Baker administration’s decision to put off until at least 2040 the construction of a new transit station serving an emerging neighborhood being developed by Harvard University in Allston. Pollack, at a joint meeting of the boards overseeing the T(...)

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Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext.

Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext.

Notions about value capture need to be broadened

THE CONTRACTOR BIDS on the Green Line Extension have come in below the upside limit established by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, including the restoration of several key features such as the community path, which had been temporarily set aside to ensure a margin of safety to get the Green Line Extension launched.(...)

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MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray

MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray

T’s ex-parking director gives private operator F+, claims costs are rising

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING resigned last week after distributing a 30-page statement detailing how the agency’s parking contractor is not living up to the terms of its contract and how T management is refusing to step in to correct the problems. David Friend said in his statement that he submitted his involuntary resignation after(...)

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Barr funds 3 bus rapid transit pilots

Barr funds 3 bus rapid transit pilots

Dedicated bus lanes, synchronized signals part of effort

THE BARR FOUNDATION awarded three $100,000 grants for pilot bus rapid transit projects scheduled to run next year in Arlington, Everett, and Cambridge and Watertown. In Arlington, the MBTA and the municipality plan to run a one-month pilot on the busy No. 77 bus route along Massachusetts Avenue that would test a dedicated lane for(...)

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Railing against transportation madness

Railing against transportation madness

Gondolas, a 2040 West Station, and autonomous vehicles

I’M WONDERING WHETHER A TYPE OF MADNESS has infected our thinking in Greater Boston. Someone writes in the Boston Globe about how great it will be when autonomous vehicles replace transit – a truly mind-boggling piece that ignores everything about why Greater Boston benefits from smart, sustainable, equitable public transportation. Then a well-heeled private sector(...)

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T notes: Blue Line only major peak concern

T notes: Blue Line only major peak concern

New subway cars: ‘They’re coming, they’re coming’

WITH THE EXCEPTION of the Blue Line, MBTA officials on Monday forecasted that the transit system’s subway lines should be able to absorb sharply higher numbers of riders at peak travel periods through 2040. The forecast assumed the introduction of all-new Red and Orange Line cars over the next six years, a wide assortment of(...)

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T targets poor reliability of buses

T targets poor reliability of buses

Overall, vehicles meet reliability standards 65% of the time

MBTA OFFICIALS RELEASED FIGURES on Monday indicating the agency’s bus system, which carries up to 450,000 people on a typical weekday, is unreliable a large amount of the time and needs significant redesign and investment to upgrade performance. Using data from October, officials told the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the bus system is(...)

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T’s director of parking leaves authority

T’s director of parking leaves authority

Agency officials refuse to discuss the departure

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING left the transit authority on Friday after just a little over a year on the job, raising concerns that oversight of one of the transit authority’s major sources of revenue is once again in turmoil. Sources say David J. Friend’s departure was related to the MBTA’s oversight of its contract(...)

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