Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Allston I-90 price tag $400m higher than in Nov.

Allston I-90 price tag $400m higher than in Nov.

Tesler expects Boston, Harvard to pay for city streets

This story has been corrected to state that the price tag is $400 million higher. STATE TRANSPORTATION officials put a $1.7 billion price tag on the Allston I-90 project on Wednesday, a figure that is $400 million higher than it was last November.  The price reflects the decision made Wednesday to reconstruct the elevated portion(...)

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Is it the man or the money?

Is it the man or the money?

Was Baker shift prompted by Tesler or possibility of fed funding?

FOR SEVERAL YEARS, state transportation officials have raised objection after objection to the at-grade option for the narrow throat section of the I-90 Allston project running between Boston University and the Charles River. It was too expensive. It threatened the Charles River. It was an engineering impossibility. The Baker administration’s frustration reached an all-time high(...)

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State embraces all-at-grade Allston project

State embraces all-at-grade Allston project

Tesler puts focus on funding; eyes fed infrastructure bill

AFTER YEARS of indecision, the Baker administration on Wednesday took a major step to move the stalled $1.7 billion I-90 Allston project forward, embracing an all-at-grade replacement of the Turnpike, Soldiers Field Road, and commuter rail tracks as they run through a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Boston University and the Charles River. Transportation(...)

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Red Line train derails at Broadway

Red Line train derails at Broadway

No injuries; 3d mainline subway derailment this year

A SOUTHBOUND Red Line train slowly entering Broadway station derailed at approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, and the second car of the six-car train hit up against the platform, causing minor damage to its side. No one was injured and all 47 passengers exited the train safely, MBTA officials said. Pictures from the scene suggested(...)

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East Boston-South Boston ferry launching Monday

East Boston-South Boston ferry launching Monday

New pilot service being run by Convention Center Authority

A NEW FERRY SERVICE between East Boston and South Boston is launching on Monday, but it’s not quite what transportation advocates think of when they envision Boston Harbor as a blue highway. The new service between Lewis Wharf Mall and Fan Pier is being launched on a pilot basis by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority,(...)

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T gets/gives updates on collision, derailment

T gets/gives updates on collision, derailment

Speed is issue on collision; new Orange Line vehicles return

NEW INFORMATION was released on Tuesday dealing with two recent incidents on the MBTA – one involving a July 30 collision on the Green Line in Brookline and the other a March 16 derailment of a new Orange Line vehicle near Wellington Station in Medford. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on(...)

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Five steps toward a better bike strategy

Five steps toward a better bike strategy

List includes legislation promoting e-bikes

SEPTEMBER IS Bay State Bike Month, where riders from across the state come together to join a variety of community events promoting all the joys of bicycling throughout Massachusetts, including town-wide rides like the Tour de Newton, a bike commuter breakfast in Holyoke, a Cub Scout “bike rodeo” in Worcester, a fundraiser ride for connecting(...)

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Report: T faces 'fiscal calamity' in few years

Report: T faces ‘fiscal calamity’ in few years

Warning surfaces amid calls for making transit fare free

AS CANDIDATES for governor and mayor of Boston tout plans for fare-free public transit before the end of the decade, a new report suggests the MBTA could be facing a “fiscal calamity” in a just a few years, needing $1.25 billion in new annual revenue just to meet operating and capital needs. The Massachusetts Taxpayers(...)

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Baker: National Guard to assist with school transportation

Baker: National Guard to assist with school transportation

Mariano says federal aid spending plan could come by Thanksgiving

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER called up the National Guard on Monday to help transport kids to school, amid a shortage of school bus drivers in the state.   Baker said once it became clear that a number of communities were lacking drivers, he asked local leaders if they were interested in state help. “A bunch of communities said if(...)

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Crumbling roads, bridges are in need of ARPA funding

Crumbling roads, bridges are in need of ARPA funding

Repairs are a wise use of the one-time federal funds

ROADS AND BRIDGES in Massachusetts are crumbling. The result of decades of deferred maintenance and failing infrastructure has led to traffic and safety concerns, and significant increases in costs by requiring emergency repairs to roads and bridges, such as expending $75 million in Allston on immediate temporary safety repairs to an elevated section of the(...)

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