Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

Keolis charts progress after 4 years on job

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS still need to work out how to pay for South Coast Rail and who should be in charge of the first phase of its construction, but on Monday they sounded as if the long-delayed project was a go. James Eng, the deputy rail administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, sought and(...)

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T official: We’re good on revenues right now

T official: We’re good on revenues right now

Capital spending ramping up dramatically at transit agency

THE MBTA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR said on Monday that the transit agency doesn’t need new revenues in the near term, but he said the situation could change in the future. “In the current fiscal year, on the operating side and the five-year capital investment program, we do not need more money. We’re fully funded. Longer term,(...)

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T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

Mayor of Braintree says increases defy logic, aren’t fair

IN RESPONSE TO PUSHBACK from Quincy and Braintree elected officials, the MBTA on Monday announced it would hike parking rates on September 1 rather than August 1 and cut the size of the weekday price hike at the heavily used Braintree and Quincy Adams garages from $3 to $2. T officials said the revisions, apparently(...)

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Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Brings in engineer who help overhaul Green Line extension project

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Thursday that the state will revisit many of the assumptions behind a massive highway and transit project planned for the Allston-Brighton area with the help of “fresh eyes,” including an independent team headed by the same engineer who spearheaded the overhaul of the Green Line extension to Medford and(...)

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Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates

Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates

Most of the new revenue to come from a handful of garages

MOST OF THE $6.5 MILLION in new parking revenue the MBTA is counting on to help balance the transit authority’s budget during the upcoming fiscal year budget would come from just a handful of garages, which may make it difficult to accede to political pressure to cut the size of planned increases at a couple(...)

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T notes: What’s causing bus ridership to fall?

T notes: What’s causing bus ridership to fall?

Officials indicate commuter rail ridership is increasing

A correction has been made to the final item in this story. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS seem divided on what’s causing bus ridership to fall and the best way to remedy it. According to MBTA estimates, bus ridership was off more than 6 percent over the last three years, a downturn that is in sync with(...)

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T backtracking on parking rate hike

T backtracking on parking rate hike

Reversal comes after complaints from Braintree’s mayor

MBTA OFFICIALS INDICATED on Monday that they are considering lowering some of the parking rate increases they approved just a week ago, at least for the heavily used Braintree and Quincy-Adams garages. The reversal came about after Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan complained to T officials about the lack of public notice and the unfairness of(...)

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Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate

Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate

Connection listed in T planning document for 2040 and beyond

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they are exploring a pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines because it could be done much sooner and at far less cost than a rail link. The T released a draft of a to-do list for 2040 earlier this week that highlighted the Red-Blue pedestrian connection along with a host(...)

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Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Maybe commuter rail trains could operate as MBTA shuttles

THE MBTA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED that the Orange Line would be shut down on weekends between Ruggles and Forest Hills for much of this summer and into the fall. These shutdowns are the consequence of the long-overdue initiative to close the T’s $7.3 billion maintenance backlog. The work coming to the Orange Line now and in(...)

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T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

Idea contained in draft to-do list for 2040

Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story misstated the connection points for a possible pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines. The connection points are State Street and Downtown Crossing stations. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, as part of a draft to-do list for 2040, said they are considering building a pedestrian(...)

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