Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T approves N. Quincy real estate deal

T approves N. Quincy real estate deal

Rejects test of daily commuter service to Cape Cod

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a transit-oriented development deal in North Quincy and rejected as too expensive a proposal to test daily commuter rail service to Cape Cod. The real estate deal calls for the T to lease its 850-spot surface parking lot adjacent to the North Quincy station to Bozzuto/Atlantic to build(...)

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Our plan for late-night MBTA service

Our plan for late-night MBTA service

Utilizing existing buses, T would run all night, every night

WE BELIEVE THERE is an affordable pathway toward establishment of a robust late-night transit service on the MBTA, building on the T’s existing early morning bus service. Our plan would not just offer service on Friday and Saturday nights, as the recently canceled late-night experiment did, but instead offer service all night, every night, and be geared primarily toward getting people to their late-night(...)

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We need some Frank Sargent political courage

The status quo mobility network is failing

We can learn from our history. Forty-six years ago the Republican governor of Massachusetts, Frank Sargent, made a valiant effort to change the course of Massachusetts’s transportation policy. It was in many ways an act of defiance against conventional wisdom, a break from old policies that were increasingly harmful to quality of life, a move(...)

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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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