Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Baker proposes new ride-hailing regs

Baker proposes new ride-hailing regs

Lyft concerned by data-collection provision

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday proposed a range of new regulations to prevent abuses of the Uber and Lyft ride-hailing platforms and to more precisely monitor how those on-demand travel services are being used. The legislation would require the tech giants that host the services to share reams of anonymized data about rides so that(...)

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Red Line ridership continues to lag

Red Line ridership continues to lag

Numbers improve a bit, particularly at Quincy stations

Red Line ridership continued to lag behind normal levels during the last week of June – the continuation of a trend that began after a train car derailed at the JFK/UMass station on June 11. The number of weekday tap-ins – people using Charlie Cards or tickets to pass through fare gates – remained below(...)

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Safety allegations raise control board issues

Safety allegations raise control board issues

Why did official’s firing never surface at public meetings?

THE MBTA’s FISCAL and Management Control Board is widely viewed as a government success story – five, unpaid gubernatorial appointees who have brought public scrutiny to the inner workings of the state’s troubled transit authority. But the allegations made by former MBTA chief safety officer Ronald W. Nickle suggest the board is far from perfect.(...)

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Lawmakers planning RMV oversight hearing this month

Lawmakers planning RMV oversight hearing this month

One of several probes focused on Baker transportation agencies

STATE LAWMAKERS WILL CONDUCT an oversight hearing later this month to look into problems at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, where administrative lapses delayed license suspensions for nearly 900 people. “Many senators from my chamber have come wanting more information. The chairs have spoken and they’ve made the decision to have this oversight hearing this(...)

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Red Line ridership off 10% after derailment

Red Line ridership off 10% after derailment

During week after incident tap-ins were off 5.9 percent

RED LINE RIDERSHIP dropped roughly 10 percent the week a train derailed at the JFK/UMass Station and it only partially recovered the following week, according to the latest figures available. The number of so-called tap-ins on the Red Line – people using Charlie Cards or tickets to pass through the fare gates – typically hovers(...)

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Opportunity moment in transportation

Opportunity moment in transportation

Aloisi tweet storm: We need to move forward, not backward

1/ The death of Lee Iacocca is a metaphor for the passing of an auto centric era. This great corporate titan of auto-mobility embodied much of the false optimism & bravado that fueled a profoundly unsustainable approach to mobility. — Jim Aloisi (@JimAloisi) July 3, 2019 3/ In #mapoli an Administration that appears stuck in(...)

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Video: Pyrotechnics preceded June derailment

Video: Pyrotechnics preceded June derailment

Red Line lumbered on, car lurched, then crashed into sheds

A VIDEO OF the Red Line derailment on June 11 from the vantage point of the JFK/UMass Station shows the Braintree-bound train coming into view around a slight curve when a big flash occurs toward the rear of the train. It’s not clear in the grainy footage what caused the flash but the train doesn’t(...)

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Baker: RMV failed to do part of its job

Baker: RMV failed to do part of its job

Priority now is on the ‘back of the house’

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack took responsibility on Tuesday for the failure of the Registry of Motor Vehicles to process thousands of out-of-state violations by Massachusetts drivers, but the governor indicated Pollack still has his confidence and the problem will quickly be addressed. Baker and Pollack disclosed on Monday that the RMV(...)

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Baker feels the love on South Coast

Baker feels the love on South Coast

Rail service plan makes him a hero to the region

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, who has been facing heat for his oversight of the MBTA since a Red Line derailment June 11, traveled to the South Coast on Tuesday to bask in the adoration of a region thrilled he is finally bringing commuter rail service to them. At a ceremonial groundbreaking in Freetown, complete with a(...)

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RMV ignored out-of-state violation notices

RMV ignored out-of-state violation notices

After discovering them unopened for a year, state suspends 546 MA licenses

OFFICIALS LAST WEEK DISCOVERED a giant backlog of paperwork sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles about infractions committed by Massachusetts drivers in other states that had been sitting untouched for more than a year, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced on Monday. Among the unread messages from other states were more than 600 notifications about(...)

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