Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Green Line to Medford opening Dec. 12

Green Line to Medford opening Dec. 12

Launch should be a sort of farewell for Poftak, Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ONE FINAL DELAY of a couple of weeks looms, and then the long-awaited second and final Green Line extension branch will open to riders on December 12, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak announced Thursday. All five new stations along the new stretch will come online at the start of service that(...)

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MBTA board ends 2-year hiatus on fare enforcement

MBTA board ends 2-year hiatus on fare enforcement

New regulations contain no penalties for ignoring fines

THE MBTA board of directors on Thursday voted unanimously to end a two-year hiatus on issuing fines for fare evasion, but most of the members were skeptical the T’s “non-punitive” approach to enforcement would actually stop riders from jumping turnstiles and sneaking on board buses and Green Line trains for free. The new fare evasion(...)

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march 9, 2020

MBTA says ridership won’t be back to normal in 5 years

Fare revenues likely to hit only 78% of pre-COVID levels

THE MBTA is not expecting ridership to return to pre-COVID levels within the next five years, even with the addition of new services like the Green Line extension and South Coast Rail. Under the T’s most optimistic ridership scenario, fare revenue will only reach 93 percent of pre-COVID levels by the end of fiscal 2028.(...)

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Are T fare evasion regs tough enough?

Are T fare evasion regs tough enough?

No mechanism in place to require fines be paid

MBTA OFFICIALS on Wednesday pleaded with transit authority board members to quickly approve regulations dealing with fare evasion so the T will no longer be forced to turn a blind eye to passengers jumping turnstiles and boarding buses and trolleys without paying. Lynsey Heffernan, the MBTA’s assistant general manager for policy and transit planning, said the(...)

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MBTA fare enforcement in ‘legal vacuum’

MBTA fare enforcement in ‘legal vacuum’

New ‘non-punitive’ regs would allow fines to resume

TWO YEARS AGO, the Legislature amended the MBTA’s fare evasion statute, decriminalizing the offense and lowering the range of possible fines. The Legislature left the details to the T, but those details, in the form of new regulations, never got approved, leaving the MBTA with no legal authority to enforce any fare evasion penalties since(...)

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Powering up highway charging stations

Powering up highway charging stations

Typical plaza could use as much electricity as Gillette Stadium

DRIVING ALONG the Massachusetts Turnpike, electric vehicle charging stations are popping up at the service plazas, a harbinger of a future without internal combustion engines. But a new study from National Grid suggests the charging stations are somewhat misleading indicators of the future. The real challenge will not be installing charging stations, but delivering the(...)

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The Orange Line roadmap for commuter rail

The Orange Line roadmap for commuter rail

More trains, lower fares, faster commutes are recipe for boosting ridership

DURING THE ORANGE LINE shutdown, the commuter rail network proved its tremendous value to Greater Boston’s transit system. It also showed exciting potential for the future. Last month, the MBTA added additional trains to serve Forest Hills, Hyde Park, and Oak Grove; increased its marketing of commuter rail; and waived fares for riders in Boston(...)

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10 reasons for building a better highway

10 reasons for building a better highway

Greater safety, better connectivity, and economic growth

End of three-part series FOR US, the Allston interchange is more than a highway project. It’s a way to fix the mistakes of the past, reunite long-separated neighborhoods, and lay the groundwork for an equitable economic expansion of Boston. We believe the all-at-grade option for the throat section of the project, along with the project’s(...)

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A partnership of sorts is transforming, recovering Allston

A partnership of sorts is transforming, recovering Allston

The pieces of the transportation puzzle are starting to fall into place

Second of three parts. IN THE PAST two decades, a partnership of sorts has emerged between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the city of Boston, a variety of non-profit business and citizen groups, and Harvard University. This partnership rests on a congruence of interests – MassDOT’s need to replace functionally obsolete and structurally unsound viaducts, a(...)

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How not to build a highway

How not to build a highway

No one thought of the damage the Turnpike would do to Allston, Brighton

First of three parts THE CONSTRUCTION of the Mass Turnpike through Allston, Brighton, and Newton in the late 1950s and early 1960s was a textbook example of the community, environmental, and social destructiveness of the highway construction of the era. This interstate highway segment was built without federal funds, before the National Environmental Policy Act(...)

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