Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T eager to shift to cashless fares

T eager to shift to cashless fares

Riders would pay with phones, credit cards, and new Charlie Cards

THE MBTA IS MOVING AGGRESSIVELY to install a largely cashless fare system that would allow riders to pay with their phones, credit cards, or newly designed Charlie cards and allow the T to customize fares, speed the boarding of passengers, and dispense with aging, expensive fare boxes on trolleys and buses. The T’s chief technology(...)

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New Government Center T stop opens

New Government Center T stop opens

Despite glass issue, project done on time, under budget

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OPENING ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME to the public Monday afternoon, the rebuilt Government Center MBTA station is newly accessible to people in wheelchairs, capping off a program that made 80 stations on the MBTA accessible to people with disabilities. For two years the Blue and Green line connection at(...)

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DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

More than 80 percent of funds would be split between transit and rail, roads and bridges

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION department would devote 80 percent of its more than $14.3 billion capital dollars to system improvement and modernization with roughly equal investments in transit and rail as would be spent on roads and bridges, under a plan presented Wednesday. “It’s focused on improving the reliability of the existing(...)

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T looks to ride-sharing apps to fill gaps

T looks to ride-sharing apps to fill gaps

Uber, Lyft, Bridj buy up ad space to sell riders on alternatives as transit agency throttles back

THE MBTA, SLASHING its operating budget after years of bloat, is looking to the emerging ride-sharing industry to fill the gaps caused by service reductions as well as to gobble up advertising space on trains and digital panels in stations. In a proposed $2.1 billion budget to be presented to the Fiscal Management and Control(...)

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T overtime, unscheduled absences declining

T overtime, unscheduled absences declining

Many dropped trips due to shortage of workers

MBTA OFFICIALS reported on Monday they are having success reducing overtime and unscheduled absences by employees. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrative officer, said the authority is on track to cut overtime expenditures by 25 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. He said overtime averaged $119,000 a day during the first(...)

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House passes ride-sharing legislation

House passes ride-sharing legislation

Taxi industry and Uber, Lyft voice complaints about bill

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Despite concerns raised by both taxi drivers and the newer app-based ride companies competing with them for passengers, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill establishing a regulatory structure for the ride-for-hire industry. The legislation, which now moves to the Senate, creates a state division to oversee transportation network(...)

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Claims on T retirement fund 'lack merit'

Claims on T retirement fund ‘lack merit’

Forensic accounting firm says allegations of inaccuracies 'unfounded'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A forensic accounting firm hired by the MBTA Retirement Fund in the wake of a report alleging significant inaccuracies in the fund’s financial reporting has concluded that the allegations are “unfounded” and “lack merit.” The FTI Consulting report was assembled by a team of accountants and actuaries in recent months after(...)

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T hikes fares despite angry takeover

T hikes fares despite angry takeover

Officials slightly lower increases for The Ride, seniors, students, bus users

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD ON MONDAY approved a fare increase of more than 9 percent starting July 1 despite angry, vocal protests that disrupted the hearing and forced board members to shout into microphones to have their voices and their votes heard. By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board passed the(...)

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Uber offers temporary $5 late-night fare

Uber offers temporary $5 late-night fare

Company says service will make T transition easier

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Uber plans to offer its pool car service at reduced fares on early-morning weekend hours to help people “transition” out of extended-hours MBTA weekend service, which is set to end March 19. Chris Taylor, general manager of Uber in Boston, announced the temporary discounted service at a meeting of the MBTA(...)

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T board to unveil new online dashboard

T board to unveil new online dashboard

Officials say pay for senior execs ‘noncompetitive’

THE FIVE MEMBERS of the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board on Monday briefed state lawmakers on their progress, offering a glimpse of a new online dashboard that will chart system performance, promising significant capital investments over the coming years, and warning that the transit agency’s compensation for senior executives “is simply noncompetitive.” The new(...)

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