Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Boston to boom, west and Cape shrink by 2040

Boston to boom, west and Cape shrink by 2040

Population projections will have big impact on where transportation money goes

THE STATE IS to grow by more than 13 percent by the year 2040 but much of that increase will balloon in and around Boston, with households shrinking and the overall population aging, according to data presented to state transportation officials Monday. The data was part of new models researchers are using to gauge where(...)

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Dukakis, Weld make last push for rail link

Dukakis, Weld make last push for rail link

Former governors say state cost estimate for North-South tunnel ‘preposterous,’ urge reconsideration

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNORS Michael Dukakis and William Weld made one more push for state officials to revisit their $12 billion cost estimates for a connector tunnel between South and North stations and reassess the feasibility of digging under Boston streets once again without the fear of repeating Big Dig history. “This study is preposterous,” Dukakis(...)

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TransitMatters co-founder leaving for Keolis

TransitMatters co-founder leaving for Keolis

As Ebuña leaves, group looking for a COO

MARC EBUÑA, the co-founder and president of TransitMatters, is leaving the transportation advocacy group to take what he described as an entry level job at Keolis Commuter Services, which operates commuter rail for the MBTA. Ebuña, who disclosed his departure while asking a question at a forum on commuter rail Wednesday night, said he starts(...)

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T notes: Bus lane cutting commute in Arlington

T notes: Bus lane cutting commute in Arlington

Manager put in charge of Green Line transformation

EXPERIMENTS WITH DEDICATED bus lanes on congested roadways appear to be yielding similar results – shorter travel times for buses carrying commuters to work. Jeffrey Gonneville, the deputy general manager of the MBTA, told the agency’s oversight board on Monday that buses traveling on a dedicated bus and bicycle lane on a fairly short stretch(...)

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T ferry operating costs going way up

T ferry operating costs going way up

Only Boston Harbor Cruises bid on the latest contract

THE MBTA’S COST to provide ferry service is going up dramatically, in part because only one company, the incumbent operator, submitted a bid to provide the service. Jeff Cook, the MBTA’s new chief administrator, told the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that the transit agency contacted more than 30 US ferry operators(...)

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T invites enemy state into our midst

T invites enemy state into our midst

Chinese rail car maker could be Trojan Horse

WE ARE ALL WELL AWARE that foreign governments have been sponsoring an incredibly diverse series of cyber-attacks on our nation. Whether it is interfering with our elections, hacking into top-secret government files, or stealing the intellectual property of our companies, these governments are not our allies and should never be treated as such. Their goal(...)

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T notes: Another option tossed into Pike design mix

T notes: Another option tossed into Pike design mix

Cost of connecting Red, Blue Lines drops considerably

THE OPTIONS FOR REPLACING a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike running between the Charles River and Boston University appeared to shrink on Monday, but then expanded again as officials said they would consider the possibility of running trains and cars at ground level while elevating a bike and pedestrian path. The so-called viaduct section of(...)

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Temporary N. End-Charlestown bridge may reduce delays

Temporary N. End-Charlestown bridge may reduce delays

Officials say price tag remains same, construction time cut 6 months

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they plan to install a prefabricated, temporary bridge to minimize traffic delays while the heavily used North Washington Street Bridge between Charlestown and Boston’s North End is being rebuilt. Jonathan Gulliver, the state’s highway administrator, said the contractor overhauling the structurally deficient bridge came up with the idea as(...)

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State’s rail link study full of flaws

State’s rail link study full of flaws

Costs way overstated, benefits minimized

METRO BOSTON’S disconnected commuter rail network is a problem. Without a direct connection between the networks feeding South Station and North Station, travelling between opposite sides of the city and region usually means foregoing rail and travelling by car over congested highways. This access barrier makes it harder for people to get to jobs, or(...)

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We need to rethink rideshare fees

We need to rethink rideshare fees

They need to go up, particularly in ‘congestion zones’

BOSTON-AREA COMMUTERS average 60 hours per year stuck in traffic and it’s only getting worse. Over the summer, a study by transportation planner Bruce Schaller confirmed what many in Boston have long suspected: rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are adding to urban traffic congestion. Schaller estimated that rideshare adds an extra 164 million(...)

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