Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

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MBTA privatization comes with tradeoffs

MBTA privatization comes with tradeoffs

Workers at Brink’s earn far less than T counterparts

MORE THAN 20 state, federal, and Boston lawmakers rallied with MBTA union leaders at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday to protest privatization, with several officials lamenting the transit agency’s decision to shift work to companies that offer their employees lower benefits and wages. Under a legislative-approved exemption from state law making it easier to privatize services,(...)

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Green Line extension getting close

Green Line extension getting close

T officials say feds are comfortable with redesign

THE $2.3 BILLION GREEN LINE EXTENSION project is not quite a go yet, but it’s getting close, MBTA officials reported to the agency’s oversight board on Thursday. Andrew Brennan, director of energy and environment at the T, said federal officials who are being asked to provide $1 billion for the project are now comfortable with(...)

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T board privatizes money collection work

T board privatizes money collection work

Awards $3.6m contract to Brink’s despite union anger

UNRUFFLED BY MOUNTING UNION ANGER, the MBTA’s oversight board on Thursday swiftly approved a contract to dismantle the transit agency’s cash collection and money counting operations and turn the work over to a private vendor. The $3.6 million annual contract with Brink’s Inc. will mean all the T employees who work in the agency’s money(...)

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T says hiring Brink’s would save millions

T says hiring Brink’s would save millions

Union officials crash briefing, dispute agency claims

THE MBTA IS PREPARING to turn over its cash collection and money-counting operations to Brink’s Inc., the first major privatization move at the agency under special authorization granted by a 2015 state law. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrator and acting general manager, said contracting out the work to Brink’s will save the agency between $5.4(...)

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T cleaning contract creates political divide

T cleaning contract creates political divide

Baker, Patrick embraced terms, but only Baker is enforcing them

THE MBTA’S CURRENT CLEANING CONTRACT with two private vendors illustrates how the administrations of Gov. Charlie Baker and former governor Deval Patrick are both alike and different when it comes to managing the transit agency. The contract shows both administrations favored a new approach to privatizing work at the T, but Patrick backed off when(...)

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Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Enough pilots, time to go to scale, she says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BECOME a “huge focus” of the Baker administration’s transportation efforts, according to a top state official who said the old method of building pilot-sized, shared-use, walking-cycling paths does not meet the demands for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “The time has come. We’ve had enough pilots. We’ve had enough(...)

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T janitors say private vendors cut health benefits

T janitors say private vendors cut health benefits

Fiscal board members vow to break the contracts if true

JANITORS FOR THE private vendors contracting with the MBTA, who could go on strike on Friday if no agreement is reached, told alarmed members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the companies are cutting corners by reducing workers schedule by one hour so they don’t qualify for health and other benefits. “I get(...)

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Advocates push T to restore late-night service

Advocates push T to restore late-night service

Supporters say there’s demand and need for 'transportation equity'

MBTA OFFICIALS CONTINUED to take a slow approach to rebooting late-night bus service over concerns about cost despite a detailed plan from advocates and pleas from state and local officials that such a service is a matter of equity for low-income earners rather than a convenience for millennial barhoppers. State Rep. Adrian Madaro of East(...)

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MBTA signs lucrative ad contract

MBTA signs lucrative ad contract

Could collect $136m with no out-of-pocket cost

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD approved a new advertising contract on Monday that is expected to generate at least $136 million over the next five years with no cash outlay required by the transit authority. The contract with Outfront Media calls for the New York City company to install about 640 video screens throughout the transit(...)

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T offers plan to boost Red Line service

T offers plan to boost Red Line service

Would require the purchase of 116 more rail cars

MBTA OFFICIALS on Monday outlined a plan to dramatically improve service on the Red Line, but to execute the plan they said the existing procurement for new rail cars would have to be expanded to include the entire Red Line fleet. The transit agency has already ordered 134 new Red Line cars from CRCC, a(...)

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