Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Build the Middleboro line now

Build the Middleboro line now

Business leader says cost less than $200m

THE FALL RIVER Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently testified before the Fiscal and Management Control Board at MassDOT in support of a Middleboro rail extension to Fall River and New Bedford. Development of a Middleboro rail extension is a realistic and pragmatic South Coast Rail alternative than the currently proposed Stoughton Route. Furthermore,(...)

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Carmen's union offers $24m savings plan

Carmen’s union offers $24m savings plan

Most of the money comes from new worker wage cuts

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A MAJOR LABOR GROUP representing MBTA workers proposed a plan on Monday that it said would net $24 million in savings over four years for the transportation authority as it seeks to eliminate its $80 million structural deficit in fiscal 2018. The proposal would add two years to the Boston Carmen’s(...)

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T scrambles to load new fare software

T scrambles to load new fare software

Limited memory on systems making process difficult

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FACING A FRIDAY DEADLINE, the MBTA and its software vendor are scrambling to load new fares into fare gates, vending machines, and systems on buses and trolleys. “We had some challenges last week in terms of replicating in the field what we’re doing in the test lab in Burlington. Something we’re(...)

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There's no getting around

There’s no getting around

Too many proposals in Boston restrict mobility without added value for the city

THE TERM “HIDING in plain sight” has meaning beyond the obvious.  Sometimes facts and realities that are part of our daily routine get overlooked, taken for granted, accepted as part of the norm, endured as intractable problems.  When that happens – when we accept and endure an unacceptable status quo – we enable bad decisionmaking that(...)

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South Coast Rail cost balloons $1b

South Coast Rail cost balloons $1b

Officials offer up alternative route as possibility

This story was updated at 7 p.m. on June 27. RUNNING RAIL SERVICE from South Station to New Bedford and Fall River will take five years longer and cost $1 billion more than previously projected, state transportation officials said on Monday. The South Coast Rail numbers were eerily similar to the MBTA’s announcement that the(...)

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Senate bill more Uber friendly

Senate bill more Uber friendly

Aside from new fee, status quo maintained

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE More than three months after the House passed legislation regulating ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft, Senate leaders on Thursday will release a new version of the bill that abandons restrictions on operation at Logan Airport and the South Boston convention center as well as state-run background checks of drivers. The(...)

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Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Secretary says 'we're putting it back on the table'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With a final decision far off, the chief advocate for building a train tunnel beneath downtown Boston and the skeptic from the Baker administration agreed on the next steps towards advancing that proposal. “I don’t think we’re disagreeing on much of anything at this point,” former governor Michael Dukakis told reporters(...)

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$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

Calls for new bicycle tracks along roadway

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TRANSPORTATION OVERSEERS on Monday gave the go-ahead for a $20.4 million reconstruction along Commonwealth Avenue between Brookline and Boston, which will include building cycle tracks along the roadway. About 35,000 vehicles travel the roadway every day, along with 27,000 passengers making use of four Green Line stops, and 30,000 pedestrians,(...)

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$14.8b transportation capital plan OK'd

$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

Emphasizes repair, modernization over expansion

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AMID CONCERNS about state borrowing levels, state transportation officials on Monday tacked on another roughly $500 million to the state’s five-year capital investment plan, approving a $14.8 billion outlay for highways, transit, and other priorities. The amended plan would send $55.7 million to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority for a new(...)

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T board approves ‘unique’ union contract

T board approves ‘unique’ union contract

Sources say agreement spawned internal fight

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a new contract with its largest management union, bringing to an end what some sources have described as an internal fight over T labor policy. The contract with Local 453, which represents about 400 of the T’s 600 union managers, covers the three-year period beginning July 1, 2015,(...)

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