Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

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MBTA approves 4-year Keolis extension

MBTA approves 4-year Keolis extension

Buys time to plan for commuter rail of future

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Stephanie Pollack vowed in early 2017 that the MBTA’s $2.6 billion contract with Keolis Commuter Services would not be renewed when it expires in 2022, but on Monday the T oversight board unanimously approved a four-year extension along with some tweaks to the remaining two years on the existing deal. The contract extension(...)

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Taxpayers Foundation: T facing existential crisis

Taxpayers Foundation: T facing existential crisis

Transit authority in worse shape now than in 2015

BATTERED BY A CORONAVIRUS pandemic that has slashed fare revenue and soured Beacon Hill on providing additional funding for new initiatives, the MBTA is facing a financial crisis worse than the one it encountered during the snowmageddon of 2015, according to a report released by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The business-backed financial watchdog said $827(...)

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2019

Let’s move on to flattening commute into Boston

Once in a lifetime opportunity to make big changes

THE COMMONWEALTH of Massachusetts and the city of Boston have come together in impressive fashion to address the COVID-19 crisis and flatten the curve.  As a lifelong resident of the state, I am reassured that the governor and mayor have prioritized our health and created an environment in which many residents are doing the same. (...)

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Extend the Keolis contract another 4 years

Extend the Keolis contract another 4 years

During uncertain times, stability at the T is needed

KEOLIS’S CONTRACT to operate commuter rail for the MBTA expires in 2022, with two options to extend it for two years. It takes about two years to solicit bids and decide among them, so the Fiscal Management and Control Board must decide now whether to renew or rebid. We believe that the contract should be(...)

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T oversight comes down to arcane question

T oversight comes down to arcane question

House, Senate split on who should appoint GM

WITH THE MBTA’S oversight board scheduled to sunset in a matter of weeks, the House and Senate are at odds over the arcane question of who should have the authority to appoint the transit authority’s general manager. The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would expand the oversight board from five to seven members and(...)

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East-West rail facing big hurdles

East-West rail facing big hurdles

Federal money unlikely; Markey seeks funding workaround

EAST-WEST RAIL is facing a Catch-22. State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the proposed rail link running from Boston to Springfield and possibly as far as Pittsfield is so expensive that it can’t be built without significant federal funding. But she said federal funding is not available because the project doesn’t meet minimum cost-benefit thresholds,(...)

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Senate bill proposes new oversight board for T

Senate bill proposes new oversight board for T

Would make transportation secretary an ex officio board member

THE SENATE IS PREPARING is preparing to take up legislation that would create a new, seven-member board to oversee the MBTA and appoint the general manager of the transit authority. With the current Fiscal and Management Control Board set to sunset at the end of the month, the Senate proposal differs in several key respects(...)

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MBTA to stop busing police to protests

MBTA to stop busing police to protests

Baker says alternative transport will be found

THE MBTA SAID on Friday that it will no longer use T buses to shuttle law enforcement personnel to protests, but it appears private bus operators will now take over that job. Some MBTA employees earlier this week raised concerns about the T transporting law enforcement personnel to protests responding to the death of George(...)

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T workers to Poftak: Stop busing police

T workers to Poftak: Stop busing police

It’s ‘heartbreaking, hypocritical, and embarrassing’

The following is an open letter to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak that appears on stopbusingcops.org. The Fiscal and Management Control Board told the T to stop transporting police to George Floyd demonstrations on Thursday, but T employees say the transit authority continued to provide busses Thursday night. ON MONDAY, you sent the staff of(...)

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Baker’s 3-foot social distancing discrepancy

Baker’s 3-foot social distancing discrepancy

3 feet on the MBTA, 6 feet everywhere else

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER  indicated on Friday that he is willing to accept the fact his administration generally advocates for six feet of social distancing in most public spaces while the MBTA is using the World Health Organization’s three-foot standard when assessing crowding on subways and buses. “I think it depends on the circumstances and the(...)

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