Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

House leaders talk transpo taxes

House leaders talk transpo taxes

Chamber likely to take up bill in November

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE LEADERS ARE INCHING toward a proposal to raise new revenue “sourced from transportation for transportation” to invest in infrastructure and public transit, keeping their eye on the third full week of November as a deadline to take up a bill. House Speaker Robert DeLeo met for over 90 minutes on(...)

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Commuter rail group backs big expansion

Commuter rail group backs big expansion

Advisory panel urges broadest, most expensive option

This story was updated at 6 p.m. A 25-MEMBER ADVISORY GROUP that has been studying the future of commuter rail for the last 18 months presented a fairly united front to state transportation officials on Monday, calling for an electrified regional rail system that offers riders more frequent service throughout the day. T officials had(...)

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TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail

TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail

A roadmap of short and long-term initiatives for state officials

MASSACHUSETTS BENEFITS GREATLY from a legacy passenger rail network mostly built out in the late 19th century.  Thankfully, much of it was saved from the worst impulses of mid-20th century auto-centricism, which makes us a rarity among large metropolitan areas in the United States. It’s the kind of priceless infrastructure that you just couldn’t build(...)

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Pollster explores commuter rail survey

Pollster explores commuter rail survey

What does it mean?

Richard Parr, the research director of the MassINC Polling Group, said he was surprised at the strong support in a statewide, online poll for regional rail and a number of other ambitious transportation initiatives, including an underground rail link connecting North and South Stations. The most popular initiative was transitioning the commuter rail fleet from diesel to electric power.(...)

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Massport: New Uber/Lyft drop-offs will speed Logan travel

Massport: New Uber/Lyft drop-offs will speed Logan travel

Central pick-up opening Monday

THE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY staged a dry run on Wednesday to demonstrate how a centralized location for Uber and Lyft pickups and drop-offs will work at Logan International Airport. With the ambitious play to reduce airport congestion set to start phasing in on Monday, Massport conducted a mock drop-off and pickup in the newly renovated(...)

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What’s the plan?

What’s the plan?

We need a protocol for unexpected subway shutdowns

IT’S HAPPENED TWICE this year.  It will certainly happen again. A major incident shuts down a critical section of the inner urban subway system. In June it was the Red Line derailment, which caused havoc the morning of the incident. More recently, it was the Orange Line, which was out of operation through the entirety(...)

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T notes: Revenue discussion still percolating

T notes: Revenue discussion still percolating

Bus on-time performance hit; regional rail OK coming

THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PUBLIC have yet to hear from the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on whether new transportation revenues are needed, but two members who weighed in on the issue earlier this year say their viewpoint hasn’t changed. Brian Lang and Monica Tibbits-Nutt said after Monday’s meeting that they continue to believe(...)

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After Orange Line closure, more apologies from the T

After Orange Line closure, more apologies from the T

On safety, Poftak blames himself for focus on control board meetings

MBTA GENERAL MANAGER STEVE POFTAK apologized repeatedly for a construction accident that prevented weekend work on the Orange Line from wrapping up as planned Sunday evening, snarling Monday morning commutes on the Orange Line, the Green Line, and the T’s bus network. The T is in the midst of weekend shutdowns on the Orange Line(...)

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The case for 'Environmental Justice Corridor' train service

The case for ‘Environmental Justice Corridor’ train service

Lynn, Revere, Chelsea, and Everett deserve transit equity

FOR THOSE OF us who have long fought for transformative policies to bring the Massachusetts transportation system into the 21st century, the recent CommonWealth opinion piece by former transportation secretary Jim Aloisi and former Senate president Stan Rosenberg was music to our ears. As the elected officials who make up Lynn’s legislative delegation, we couldn’t(...)

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