Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

The T wants you – to snitch

The T wants you – to snitch

Officials look for ways to recover $42 million in lost fare collections

THE MBTA’s COMMUTER RAIL operator thinks it has a secret weapon in the effort to recoup as much as $35 million in lost revenues from fare evasion – snitches. That was among several plans presented by Peter Williams, who is heading up an initiative by rail operator Keolis to recover the lost revenue, to the(...)

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T pension fund has negligible gains

Head of fund takes questions from authority's oversight board on returns, transparency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA RETIREMENT FUND, which set its assumed annual rate of return on investments at 7.75 percent, will probably earn about a half-percent of return in 2015, according to its executive director. Executive Director Michael Mulhern on Monday announced completion of the fund’s 2014 audit, which has delayed the finalization of the(...)

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T parking fee probe expands to 3 stations

T parking fee probe expands to 3 stations

Letter cites doctored reports, shortages, fired worker

AN INTERNAL MBTA DOCUMENT indicates a probe of parking fee losses now extends to more than one station and refers to a terminated employee who had been working for the private parking lot operator. CommonWealth first reported on the parking fee discrepancies on April 6. At the time, T officials issued a statement saying discrepancies(...)

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Tackling the time warp at the T

Tackling the time warp at the T

Gerard Polcari tries to revamp procurement

Photograph by Mark Morelli ON HIS FIRST day on the job last May as the MBTA’s chief procurement officer, Gerard Polcari checked in with Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and then headed straight to his office to learn everything he could about the department he was inheriting. He interviewed everyone on the staff and analyzed the(...)

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T transit police take over parking probe

T transit police take over parking probe

Officials tight-lipped on apparent loss of revenue

AN MBTA SPOKESMAN said the agency has now brought in the transit police to investigate parking fee discrepancies that came to light last month, but refused to provide more details. Last week, the T confirmed that a comparison of daily revenue reports at its North Quincy parking lot failed to match up with vehicle counts.(...)

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T board wants all-night service proposal vetted

T board wants all-night service proposal vetted

Wants analysis before approving late-night mitigation

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday put on hold a plan to add additional bus routes to mitigate the cancellation of late-night service until a more sweeping proposal for all-night bus service can be vetted. The T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board was intrigued enough by a proposal put forth on March 30 in CommonWealth(...)

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Should we smoot the subways?

Should we smoot the subways?

Can our geeky side make waiting on the T more pleasant?

Recent debates about whose subway is worse, Boston or DC, got me thinking about Moscow’s subway.  Moscow’s metro stations are palaces for the people, actual palaces. They are filled with marble, mosaics, statues, chandeliers, and even stained glass. You ride the steep escalator deep underground and emerge in a space as grand as a gilded(...)

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T: Service cuts still an option

T: Service cuts still an option

Despite fare hike, authority keeps squeezing spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA, which recently voted to raise fares and made significant headway on its structural deficit this year, could look to service cuts in fiscal 2017 when it tries to bridge the remainder of its projected $80 million gap, a top T official said Thursday. The transportation authority is counting on(...)

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T discovers parking fee discrepancies

T discovers parking fee discrepancies

Agency allows private operator to handle the problem

THE MBTA SAID IN A STATEMENT that it has uncovered discrepancies in parking fees collected at the North Quincy Red Line Station, and asked the private operator of the parking facility to provide a full accounting. The discrepancies surfaced more than a month ago, but T officials released the statement on Tuesday after inquiries from(...)

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