Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T urged to experiment with income-based commuter rail fares

T urged to experiment with income-based commuter rail fares

MassINC also backs lower prices for reverse commuting, off-peak travel

THE MBTA SHOULD EXPERIMENT with income-based fares and cut charges for reverse-commuting and off-peak travel, the think tank MassINC argues in a new policy brief. The brief doesn’t advocate for specific commuter rail fares, but notes that the cost of travel between most Gateway Cities and Boston is way too high. The fare cost as(...)

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An action plan to address the Mass. transportation crisis

An action plan to address the Mass. transportation crisis

Incremental repairs of an out-of-date system simply don’t cut it

THE RECENT REPORTS on the New England governors meeting to discuss the crisis in transportation in the region gives us some hope that Gov. Charlie Baker is now open to new investments in our transportation system. But what is needed now is a comprehensive action plan to address the frustrating state of congestion on our(...)

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SL3 could be solution to Logan’s access issues

SL3 could be solution to Logan’s access issues

Bus could provide service in early morning, late at night

THE MBTA HAS ADDRESSED some of the most pressing needs for more transit service at times of day when people need to travel by making early-morning and late-night service permanent. Significant gaps remain, not least those related to access to and from Logan International Airport. Logan is one of the region’s greatest trip generators, a(...)

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Baker admin. looks to lease electric trains from Amtrak

Baker admin. looks to lease electric trains from Amtrak

Could improve commuter rail service on Providence line

MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND might lease electric locomotives to provide quicker, cleaner service along the MBTA commuter rail line connecting the two states. The potential small step towards electrification, for which there is no timetable, came up during a discussion at the National Governors Association in Boston on Tuesday, where Gov. Charlie Baker played host(...)

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1,000 UMass Boston students get big T discount

1,000 UMass Boston students get big T discount

Savings provided courtesy of their fellow students

NEARLY A THOUSAND students at UMass Boston are receiving a significant discount on their MBTA passes this semester, thanks largely to subsidies provided by their classmates. Students voted in April to hike the mandatory student activity fee by $20 a semester ($40 for the year), with the directive that the money be used to reduce(...)

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T releases contracts with safety panel members

T releases contracts with safety panel members

Deals were signed after they began their work

THE MBTA on Monday released contracts it signed with a trio of experts who were hired two months ago to review the agency’s safety procedures and past derailments. Former US transportation secretary Ray LaHood and his associate Joan DeBoer of DLA Piper LLP were retained at a rate of $35,000 a month. Former acting Federal(...)

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Public-private partnerships could finance new bus garages

Public-private partnerships could finance new bus garages

New facilities could spur adoption of battery-powered vehicles

ON AN AVERAGE WEEKDAY, the MBTA bus system moves about 400,000 people—that’s one-third of the MBTA’s total ridership. The T’s bus system is essential to maintaining our region’s economic growth, ensuring equity, and combatting climate change. As we strive to address our worst-in-the-nation roadway congestion and endeavor to meet aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals like(...)

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Time for state to walk the walk on bus rapid transit

Time for state to walk the walk on bus rapid transit

Everett is the perfect laboratory for center-running lanes

THE OPENING OF THE ENCORE BOSTON HARBOR casino gave Everett and the lower Broadway corridor a big boost, but the municipality was already growing quickly. Everett’s population grew from less than 42,000 residents to nearly 47,000 residents from 2010 to 2018, a growth rate of more than 12 percent in eight years, according to Census(...)

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Fire forces T to evacuate two trains

Fire forces T to evacuate two trains

Orange Line service suspended north of town

A FIRE ON the Orange Line prompted the MBTA to temporarily shut down service north of downtown on Friday afternoon and forced some passengers to walk along train tracks to safety. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said a “small fire” was reported on the tracks between Wellington Station, in Medford, and Malden Center around 3:10 p.m.(...)

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2019

Boston’s congestion can be hazardous to your health

Uncertainty, lack of control tend to cause stress

WHEN TRAFFIC IS at a standstill – as it is all too often in metro Boston these days – there are big-picture economic and environmental impacts. But congestion can also affect the health of the drivers caught in its throes. Philip Levendusky, director of the psychology department for McLean Hospital, where he is also co-director(...)

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