Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Truck causes damage to Silver Line tunnel

Truck causes damage to Silver Line tunnel

Vehicle entered gated transitway by mistake, T says

A TRUCK ON FRIDAY morning entered the Silver Line underground transitway that runs to South Station and caused damage to the overhead wires, which had not been fully repaired as of Saturday evening. Lisa Battiston, a spokeswoman for the MBTA, issued a statement saying the truck entered the transitway at approximately 9:30 a.m. by mistake.(...)

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School buses should go electric – here’s how

School buses should go electric – here’s how

Vehicles offer huge health and economic benefits

DEEP WITHIN Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan for creating a more resilient, sustainable economy is a proposal that deserves wider attention. Under the heading of “position[ing] the American auto industry to win in the 21st century,” Biden proposes a goal of all American-made buses being zero-emission by 2030, starting with “converting all(...)

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T notes: Pollack to pick preferred ‘throat’ approach in Oct.

T notes: Pollack to pick preferred ‘throat’ approach in Oct.

Very few people are riding commuter rail, ferries

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack indicated on Monday that in October she intends to pick a “preferred alternative” for the I-90 Allston project, including how to reconstruct the transportation infrastructure in the so-called “throat” area between Boston University and the Charles River. A timetable released for the project at a meeting of the Massachusetts Department of(...)

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T preps for $308m deficit in fiscal 2022

T preps for $308m deficit in fiscal 2022

Poftak: ‘This is a transit problem, not an MBTA problem’

The MBTA, facing tremendous budget uncertainty, is starting work now to close an estimated $308 million deficit looming in the fiscal year that starts in July 2021. The MBTA is planning to use $720 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to help close a deficit in the current fiscal year, but is projecting a $308(...)

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A new, bigger I-90 viaduct is not the answer

A new, bigger I-90 viaduct is not the answer

Leaders of CLF, A Better City back at-grade approach

IN 1965, Massachusetts officials opened the Allston section of I-90, shoehorning an eight-lane elevated highway between Boston University and the Charles River, dividing a vibrant working-class community and wounding vital riverfront habitat in the process. Some 60 years later, Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge still endure impacts from this obsolete, failed transportation policy that placed a(...)

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TransitMatters: Train search should focus on basics

TransitMatters: Train search should focus on basics

Don’t get sidetracked by hydrogen, dual-mode vehicles

THE MBTA’S REQUEST  for information to railcar manufacturers regarding electric multiple unit trains, often called EMUs, was a welcome sign of progress towards electrifying the commuter rail system and converting it into a high-speed, high-frequency regional rail network. By focusing on vehicles compliant with new Federal Railroad Administration standards, long in use in Europe, the(...)

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Getting to yes on the throat

Getting to yes on the throat

There are moves afoot, but it won’t be easy

The push is on – again – for a unifying plan to reconstruct all of the transportation infrastructure packed into a narrow stretch of land between Boston University and the Charles River. That stretch of land, dubbed the throat because it is a choke point, is the most challenging part of an estimated $1 billion(...)

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Pollack launches Allston review with 3 options

Pollack launches Allston review with 3 options

Because of Charles R. incursions, 2 would seem DOA

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Stephanie Pollack has made it official: She’s launching an in-depth environmental review of three options for rebuilding the Massachusetts Turnpike and other transportation infrastructure between Boston University and the Charles River even though two of the options would seem to be dead on arrival. State transportation officials have been struggling for five years(...)

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How do we avoid a transportation relapse?

How do we avoid a transportation relapse?

We need to restore confidence in public transit

FOR MANY US CITIES, the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic provided a remarkable if temporary glimpse of an urban environment with dramatically less car travel and air pollution. On social media, photos emerged, from typically traffic-choked Boston to smoggy Los Angeles, of open roads and clear blue skies. While the reason for this change(...)

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