Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements

Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements

Final signals contract awarded, but major benefits unlikely until 2024

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday awarded the final major contract needed to complete an  overhaul of the Red and Orange Lines, but the milestone agreement was another reminder of how long it takes to implement change on the state’s transit system. The contract for new Red and Orange Lines cars was awarded in October(...)

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T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant

T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant

UMass Lowell pays half-price for commuter rail

THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday awarded $366 million in bus infrastructure grants to 107 projects in 50 states, including a $2.4 grant to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Massachusetts. The authority, which serves 24 cities and towns in western Massachusetts, plans to use the money to convert its 110-year-old bus maintenance garage into(...)

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T notes: Migraines prompt 40% of FMLA leaves

T notes: Migraines prompt 40% of FMLA leaves

20,000 at UMass Lowell can ride commuter rail for free

ROUGHLY TWO-FIFTHS of the 1,850 MBTA employees eligible for intermittent leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act suffer from migraines, according to Bonnie Haase, the assistant general manager for human resources. At a meeting on Monday of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Haase outlined the steps her office is taking to curb(...)

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MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working

MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working

Oversight board calls for ‘disruptive’ long-term changes

THE MBTA HAS CONCLUDED that its bus network, which handles more than a third of all of the trips provided by the agency, isn’t working. On-time performance overall is 65 percent, well below the not-so-ambitious target of 75 percent. Feedback gathered by T staff over the last year indicates bus service is not reliable, too(...)

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Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez

Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez

But says allegations suggest he knowingly reported false information to Global Power shareholders

A FEDERAL JUDGE IN TEXAS dismissed a second shareholder complaint against MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez for issuing false and misleading financial reports during a previous job. The judge gave him a pass largely because the amount of money involved was so small that it would not have affected an investor’s decision to invest in(...)

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Strapped to the status quo express

Strapped to the status quo express

We can’t keep running away from the need for new revenue

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A PROBLEM talking candidly about its transportation revenue needs. This is not a new problem.  We have been in its grip for decades, and the result has been public policy based largely upon timidity, small and largely ineffective steps, and creative sound bites. Beginning in 1991, governors have often gone to great lengths(...)

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Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Ridership and revenue are up; on-time performance improving

WHETHER YOU LIVE in the Worcester area or the North Shore, in Walpole or Weymouth, we tend to have the same thing in mind when thinking about the MBTA’s commuter rail: going to work in Boston, with trains feeding into two urban hubs at North and South Stations. Many still prefer driving, but for a(...)

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T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel

T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel

Red-Blue numbers don’t add up

STATE OFFICIALS ARE COUNTING on a yet-to-be-formed task force to develop performance metrics and best practices for the 15 regional transit authorities by November 1, less than a month-and-a-half away. The Legislature approved $88 million for the regional transit authorities in the fiscal 2019 budget. Of the total appropriation, $82 million is being distributed to(...)

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T officials promise Chelsea service improvements

T officials promise Chelsea service improvements

Agency to explore bus lanes, but fare reductions not considered

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they would explore ways to address delays on the MBTA’s third-busiest bus route, but they refused to even consider what many residents of Chelsea say they want – fare reductions. What to do about the Route 111 bus that carries more than 12,000 passengers a day came to a(...)

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Toll evaders running out of room

Toll evaders running out of room

MA now working with NH, ME, RI, and soon NY

IT’S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER to hide from the toll takers. Massachusetts transportation officials said on Monday that they now have toll reciprocity agreements in place with New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island and are nearing an agreement with all New York state tolling authorities. The reciprocity agreements mean Massachusetts will work with the other(...)

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