Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

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All aboard

How crowded is too crowded for MBTA passengers?

WHEN IS ENOUGH enough when it comes to crowded trains? For about 20 percent of those who ride the MBTA, apparently there is nothing that will stop them from trying to squeeze onto a packed subway car. As transit officials try to come up with some metrics to increase rider satisfaction, focusing more on customers’(...)

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More thoughts on the Seaport District

More thoughts on the Seaport District

Relieving congestion by adding capacity doesn’t work

MY RECENT THOUGHT PIECE on how to address the growing mobility mess in the Seaport/Innovation/Fort Point Channel District (the District) triggered a fair amount of reaction, and prompted me to consider adding these additional thoughts to what has become a fairly robust civic debate.  Much of that debate has been centered on the future of(...)

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T ridership: Flat or flying high?

T ridership: Flat or flying high?

T, Frontier Group have different takes; Red Line up

NO ONE CAN SEEM TO AGREE whether the glass is half full or half empty when it comes to MBTA ridership. In its annual report, the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board described ridership as flat over the last 15 years while operating expenses were galloping upward at a rate of 5 percent per year.(...)

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5 fixes for Seaport District

5 fixes for Seaport District

Bus Rapid Transit pilot should be tried

CALL IT THE SEAPORT DISTRICT, the South Boston Seaport, the Innovation District, Fort Point Channel – call it whatever you want, Boston’s busy development boomtown is in the throes of a mobility crisis. The roadway system is chronically congested; the streetscape is generally unfriendly to pedestrians; there are no best-practices bicycle lanes; the Silver Line(...)

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Another $80 million debt for MBTA

Audit reveals agency has been paying deferred comp to retired managers without funding

THE CASH-STRAPPED MBTA, with a seemingly bottomless supply of bad financial news, received another jolt on Wednesday when an audit revealed the agency owes about $80 million to retired agency executives who were promised extra money in exchange for leaving the Carmen’s Union to work in management. Shawn Warren, an auditor for KPMG, which did(...)

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Report: MBTA knew two years ago about Green Line ext. overruns

Report: MBTA knew two years ago about Green Line ext. overruns

T releases sealed record after losing public records appeal

MBTA OFFICIALS KNEW or should have known more than two years ago that the price of the Green Line extension was running far beyond initial estimates, long before officials say they were caught off-guard by the mind-boggling increase that caused officials to scrap the construction contracts and start over, according to a previously sealed report.(...)

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Galvin orders T to release Green Line ext. report

Galvin orders T to release Green Line ext. report

Secretary of State says agency can’t claim attorney-client privilege

THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS ORDERED the MBTA to release a sealed consultant’s report on the botched Green Line extension, saying the embattled agency could not withhold the document because of attorney-client privilege or a separate “deliberative process” exemption under the Public Records Law. The decision came in the wake of two appeals filed under(...)

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RTAs taking the wheel

RTAs taking the wheel

Regional transit authorities want to satisfy growing need

Photographs by Meghan Moore WHILE GREATER BOSTON AGONIZES over the multibillion-dollar MBTA project to extend the Green Line a mere five miles, another transit tug-of-war is going on across the rest of the state. The Bay State’s regional transit authorities have their own expansion dreams, albeit modest ones. Their dreams don’t involve complex rail construction(...)

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T hires interim Green Line ext. team

T hires interim Green Line ext. team

Group to scale back costs, find more revenue

THE MBTA ON MONDAY named an interim leadership team that will be charged with bringing the cost of the proposed Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford in line with available revenues. The project was originally slated to cost $2 billion, with half coming from the federal government and half coming from the state. When(...)

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T cites progress on structural deficit

T cites progress on structural deficit

Officials suggest replacing all 220 Green Line cars

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY said they are making progress in eliminating the T’s structural deficit and told the agency’s oversight board that major decisions must be made in the next six months on replacing all 220 Green Line cars, overhauling or replacing 86 Red Line cars, and finding a new way to provide service between(...)

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