Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Boston, Cambridge epicenter of ride-hailing

Boston, Cambridge epicenter of ride-hailing

Apps provided 64.8m trips in Mass. last year

RIDE-HAILING APPS such as Uber and Lyft provided 64.8 million trips last year in Massachusetts, with the bulk of those trips starting in Boston and surrounding communities. More than half the trips (34.9 million) originated in Boston itself and more than two-thirds originated in Boston and Cambridge (6.8 million trips), according to new state data.(...)

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T board struggling with ridership estimates

T board struggling with ridership estimates

Some on board say poor data hampers decision-making

AS THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board explores the addition of new services and stations, the agency is bumping up against what appears to be a recurring problem – generating accurate estimates of future ridership. On Monday, for example, a state official was giving a presentation to the control board on a $50,000 study(...)

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T hires new paratransit dispatcher

T hires new paratransit dispatcher

New contractor, Transdev, came in second in 2016

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD hired a new vendor on Monday to manage paratransit operations, a move that T officials characterized as a bid to correct an earlier mistake and to upgrade the agency’s overall contracting practices. Transdev, one of the world’s largest transportation providers, was given a five-year contract worth nearly $12 million annually to(...)

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Aloisi wrong on South Coast Rail

Aloisi wrong on South Coast Rail

Phased service makes sense, commute times are getting worse

NEARLY A DECADE AGO, former transportation secretary James Aloisi assured the residents of the South Coast region that South Coast Rail would become a reality. “This is not just a vision anymore; it’s a plan . . . We’re building platforms for the future,” he said in a talk with the Standard Times editorial board.(...)

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Pollack notes: More money for RTAs not the answer

Pollack notes: More money for RTAs not the answer

Value capture unlikely with South Coast Rail

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Tuesday that more money is not the answer to the financial woes of the state’s 15 regional transit authorities. The authorities have been pushing state lawmakers for a bigger appropriation for the coming fiscal year, but Pollack indicated the authorities should first take stock of the existing transportation marketplace(...)

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T notes: Protected bike lane sought on Longfellow

T notes: Protected bike lane sought on Longfellow

Massport not interested in airport access fee

WITH THE LONGFELLOW BRIDGE set to reopen next month, bicycle advocates presented a petition with more than 3,000 signatures asking state transportation officials to reconfigure the planned traffic design to provide protected bike lanes. A number of bicyclists testified before a joint meeting of the boards overseeing the MBTA and the Department of Transportation that(...)

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No sign of consensus on West Station

No sign of consensus on West Station

Transit advocates want facility asap; Pollack not convinced

DESPITE GROWING PRESSURE from transit advocates, state transportation officials aren’t budging on their view that a new transit station isn’t needed until 2040 to serve an emerging mixed-use neighborhood being developed by Harvard University in Allston. At a joint meeting of the two boards overseeing the MBTA and the Department of Transportation on Monday, transit(...)

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We need a RGGI for transportation

We need a RGGI for transportation

Cap emissions, sell credits, and invest to reduce congestion

AS WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY and the worldwide movement to protect our environment, it’s heartening that sustainability and an appreciation for clean air, water, and land have become mainstream values. We have come a long way from the first Earth Day in 1970, when, too often, environmental consequences were an afterthought. And while many hurdles(...)

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Time to reconsider S. Coast Rail phased plan

Time to reconsider S. Coast Rail phased plan

Current approach is too slow and offers too little bang for the buck

THE PATRICK AND BAKER ADMINISTRATIONS have been aligned in their support for South Coast Rail as the best approach to providing improved regional mobility to and from the South Coast region of Masssachusetts. Linking the great cities of New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton by rail to Boston would provide those and neighboring communities with(...)

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