Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

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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Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Forum highlighted sharp differences in approach, philosophy

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez have a lot in common. Baker grew up in Needham and Gonzalez lives there now. Both ran health insurance companies and also took turns heading up the state’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance – Gonzalez under former governor Deval Patrick and Baker under former governor(...)

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T notes: Riders embracing early morning buses

T notes: Riders embracing early morning buses

New commuter rail platform in Worcester; big disruptions coming on D Line

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY the addition of early morning buses on 10 routes has increased ridership by more than 900 riders and reduced crowding. One example is the Route 455 bus from Lynn to Wonderland. Its first trip used to leave Lynn at 5 a.m. carrying an average of 51 passengers, with 12 of them standing.(...)

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Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements

Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements

Final signals contract awarded, but major benefits unlikely until 2024

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday awarded the final major contract needed to complete an  overhaul of the Red and Orange Lines, but the milestone agreement was another reminder of how long it takes to implement change on the state’s transit system. The contract for new Red and Orange Lines cars was awarded in October(...)

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